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Change appears in the following tongue twister:

  • If coloured caterpillars could change their colours constantly could they keep their coloured coat coloured properly?

Usage statistics for the noun change:

spoken English30.49%written English69.51% conversational speech27.19%task-oriented speech72.81% imaginative writing16.58%informational writing83.42%
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Change is sometimes a misspelling of chance, changed or charged.

The word change is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun change

What does change mean as a name of something?

Change is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: changes

  1. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  2. a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event
    • example: he attributed the change to their marriage
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
    • more specific words:
      • difference = a significant change
      • gradient = a graded change in the magnitude of some physical quantity or dimension
  3. the action of changing something
  4. the result of alteration or modification
  5. the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due
    • example: I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: cash / hard cash / hard currency = money in the form of bills or coins
  6. a thing that is different
    • example: he inspected several changes before selecting one
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: thing = an entity that is not named specifically
  7. a different or fresh set of clothes
  8. coins of small denomination regarded collectively
    • example: he had a pocketful of change
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic word: coin = a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  9. money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency
    • example: he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: cash / hard cash / hard currency = money in the form of bills or coins
  10. a difference that is usually pleasant
    • example: it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of change: variety
    • more generic word: difference = the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

Alternative definition of the noun change


  1. [countable] the process of becoming different.
  2. [uncountable] small denominations of money given in exchange for a larger denomination.
  3. [countable] a replacement, e.g. a change of clothes
  4. [uncountable] money given back when a customer hands over more than the exact price of an item.
  5. [countable] a transfer between vehicles
  6. [baseball] a change-up pitch

Specialised definition of the noun change

Glossary of management / IT service management / service support

the addition, modification or removal of approved, supported or baselined hardware, network, software, application, environment, system, desktop build or associated documentation

Glossary of sports / handball

term for the change of position of two or more players by means of running paths towards or through the opponent's defense, with the intention of gaining a favourable position for a throw on the goal. One differentiates between outside and inside change, depending on whether the change is initiated from the sidelines or from the middle of the playing field. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb change

What does change mean as a doing word?

Change is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: changed | changing | changes

  1. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  4. lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
    • example: The car changed lanes
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]She exchanged her purchase
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, plural] with [Recipient]Cathay is swapping equity stakes with the U.S. carrier
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] for [Theme 2]Gwen exchanged the dress for a shirt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Theme, plural]He swapped between the two
      [Agent - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, plural]Twenty couples exchanged rings
      [Theme, plural] [Verb] [Location]The bells traded places
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Location] with [Theme 2]One bell can swap places with another

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): exchange, switch, trade.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of change: shift / switch
    • more specific words:
      • transition = make or undergo a transition
      • shift = change gears
      • break = change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
      • channel-surf / surf = switch channels, on television
      • jump / leap = pass abruptly from one state or topic to another
      • diphthongise / diphthongize = change from a simple vowel to a diphthong
      • cut = make an abrupt change of image or sound
      • break = change directions suddenly
  5. change clothes; put on different clothes
    • examples: Change before you go to the opera | They change
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Marlene dressed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teeth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, reflexive]Marlene dressed herself

      Verbs of Grooming and Bodily Care (with the same syntax): bathe, clothe, disrobe, dress, exercise, moisturize, preen, primp, shave, shower, strip, sunbathe, tan, undress, wash.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: dress / get dressed = put on clothes
  6. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    • examples: He changed his name | They change the money
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of change: commute / convert / exchange
    • more generic word: replace = substitute a person or thing for
    • more specific words:
  7. give to, and receive from, one another
  8. change from one vehicle or transportation line to another
    • examples: She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast | They change
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of change: transfer
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  9. become deeper in tone
    • example: His voice began to change when he was 12 years old
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of change: deepen
  10. remove or replace the coverings of
    • examples: Father had to learn how to change the baby | After each guest we changed the bed linens
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: replace = substitute a person or thing for

Alternative definition of the verb change


  1. [intransitive] To become something different.
  2. [transitive, ergative] To make something into something different.
  3. [transitive] To replace.
  4. [intransitive] To replace one's clothing.
  5. [intransitive] To transfer to another vehicle (train, bus, etc.)
  6. [archaic] To exchange.


Change was an Italian-American post-disco group formed in Bologna, Italy in 1979 by businessman and executive producer Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. They were heavily influenced by legendary disco band Chic.


  1. "Change" is the fifth studio album by English girl group Sugababes, released through Island Records during October 2007 in most European territories. The album features production by Dr. Luke, Jony Rockstar, Dallas Austin, Deekay and Xenomania, among others, and is the first album to feature complete vocals by Amelle Berrabah.
  2. "Change" is a song performed by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Swift self-penned the song and co-produced it alongside Nathan Chapman. The song was released on August 8, 2008, with all proceeds being donated to the United States Olympic team. "Change" was written about Swift's hopes and aspirations in regards to succeeding, although being signed to the smallest record label in Nashville, Tennessee. The track was later chosen as one of the themes for the 2008 Summer Olympics and was included on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, which was released August 7, 2008. The song was later included on Swift's second studio album Fearless, which was released in November 2008. "Change" is musically pop rock and uses divergent string instruments. Lyrically, it speaks of overcoming obstacles and achieving victory.
  3. "Change" is a pop song written by Gabriel Băruţă alongside Alexandra Ivan and performed by the band Hotel FM.
  4. "Change" is Japanese singer-songwriter miwa's third major label single, released on September 1, 2010.
    • also known as BLEACH
    • music and lyrics by miwa
  5. "Change" is the solo debut single by Hyuna.
    • also known as Change [digital Single]
    • music by Shinsadong Tiger
    • award: - Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Dance Performance - Solo nomination for Hyuna
  6. "Change" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears. Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith, it was the band's fourth single release. It would eventually become the second hit from their debut LP The Hurting and second UK Top 5 chart hit, following the success of "Mad World". The song also gave Tears for Fears their first charting single in America when it cracked the Billboard Top 100 in August 1983. "Change" was also a big international success, reaching the Top 40 in numerous countries.
  7. "Change" is a song by the Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather featuring a rap verse from rapper Wale. It was written by Merriweather and Andrew Wyatt and produced by Mark Ronson. It was released on 30 January 2009 in the United States and Canada, and 2 February 2009 in the UK.
  8. "Change" is a song by English girl group Sugababes from their fifth studio album, Change. It was written by the Sugababes, Niara Scarlett and its producers, the Danish production duo Deekay. The song was released as the album's second international and third overall single on 17 December 2007 with an accompanying B-side titled "I Can't Take It No More". "Change" is a midtempo pop ballad composed of anthemic harmonies, guitars, keys and sweeping effects.
  9. "Change" is an album by The Dismemberment Plan. It was released on October 23, 2001 on DeSoto Records. It was recorded by J. Robbins at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, Virginia and it was mixed by Chad Clark.
  10. "Change" a.k.a. "Lyfe Change" is an album by Lyfe Jennings, released on April 29, 2008.
  11. "Change" is the fourth studio album from The Alarm. It was released in September 1989 on IRS Records.
  12. "Change" is the first studio outing by Ray Wilson in 5 years. He started to gain success after a series of sold-out gigs during the 2001 Edinburgh Festival. The album achieved a new form of success and did a series of tour dates throughout Europe.
  13. "Change" is the tenth album by guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen.
  14. "Change" is the 2007 single album by Sugababes.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  15. "Change" is the second and final album released by American country music band Sons of the Desert. It was released in 2000 on MCA Nashville, and contains the singles "Change", "Everybody's Gotta Grow up Sometime" and "What I Did Right". "Albuquerque" was originally recorded by the band in the late 1990s for an unreleased second album for Epic Records, their former label.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (14 years ago)
  16. "Change" is a song recorded by British singer Lisa Stansfield for her 1991 album, Real Love. It was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, and produced by Devaney and Morris.
  17. "CHANGE" is the ninth album of the Japanese pop rock group Every Little Thing, released on March 24, 2010. Mitsuru Igarashi, who left the band in 2000 after the release of the studio album Eternity, returned to compose this album, with most of the songs composed by him. The members of 'Every Little Thing' still remain as Kaori Mochida and Ichiro Ito.
  18. "Change" is a song by Killing Joke, that first appeared on the US release of their debut album, Killing Joke. A very limited edition of 300 copies was given away on 17 March 1980 at the Peel Sessions. The B-side was Tomorrow's World, also off Killing Joke's debut album. In September that year "Change" was released on the B-side of the single "Requiem".
  19. "Change" is the first studio recording of the acoustic jazz sextet Origin featuring Chick Corea on piano. The sextet is unchanged except for Jeff Ballard replacing Adam Cruz on drums. The album was released on Rykodisc on June 8, 1999.
  20. "Change" is the ninth album by American jazz pianist Andrew Hill featuring performances recorded and scheduled for release in 1966 on the Blue Note label. The album was originally scheduled for issue in 1967 as BST 84233, but was held back from release until 1975, when the tracks appeared under Sam Rivers' name, as part of the double LP set Involution, which combined them with tracks recorded under Rivers' leadership which would eventually see release as Dimensions & Extensions. The first release under Hill's name occurred in 1995 as part of the Mosaic box set The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions. The album features Hill's quartet performing six original compositions. In 2007, two alternate takes, previously included in the Mosaic set, were added to the 2007 CD release. The first one, a shorter take of "Violence", was initially chosen as master track for the piece.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released on (7 years ago)
  21. "Change" is a single from American Idol finalist, Kimberley Locke, the first from her Based on a True Story album, after plans on promoting Supawoman as the lead single were canceled. Kimberley, with the assistance of Ty Lacy & Dennis Matkosky, wrote the song about the crossroads she reached when deciding whether or not to call off her engagement in 2005.
  22. "Change" is the fourth album by German hard rock group Pink Cream 69. It was the first album with current singer David Readman.
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released on (19 years ago)
  23. "Change" is the second studio album by Vanessa Amorosi, released in Germany in 2002. Highest charts position on the German Top 100 was at #64. After one week the album disappeared from the German charts. The CD was supposed to be released in Australia too, but it was never released there because of unknown reasons.
    • genre: Pop music
    • released on (12 years ago)
  24. "Change" a.k.a. "Change!" is the second full-length album by the Black Swans. It is a follow-up to 2004's Who Will Walk in the Darkness with You? and their 2006 EP, Sex Brain. Harp Magazine described the album as a tip of the hat to Charles Simic, the Left Banke, and Fred Neil.
    • genre: Folk rock
    • released on (7 years ago)
  25. "Change" is the major-label debut single by Japanese soul singer Miho Fukuhara, telling of a girl who talks playfully about she loves a man, going as far as saying things like "I hate, hate, hate you! Just kidding, I love you!". The single was released on April 16, 2008 to decent success regarding both sales and airplay, peaking at #14 on Oricon and #4 on Billboard Japan.
  26. "Change" is the second album released by the Singaporean singer Derrick Hoh. The album was released on 17 December 2010. This record featured 14 tracks, consisting of a prelude/interludes/outro and 10 songs.
    • also known as 變化 Change?
    • genre: Mandopop
    • released on (4 years ago)
  27. "Change": First Experience is the second album by Hong Kong singer Jason Chan released in 2009.
    • genre: Cantopop
    • released on (6 years ago)
  28. "Change" a.k.a. "Change (In the House of Flies)", often referred to as "Change", is a song by the American alternative metal/nu metal band Deftones, released as the first single from their third album White Pony in June 2000. It remains their most commercially successful single to date, peaking at number three in Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, number nine in the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and at 53 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is featured on the Muchmusic compilation album Big Shiny Tunes 5.
  29. "Change" is a 2008 single by Taylor Swift.
    • released on (6 years ago)


  1. Change is a Japanese television drama which aired on Fuji TV starting May 12, 2008.
  2. "Change" is a 1997 film written by Seon-mi Lee and directed by Jin-suk Lee.
  3. "Change" is a 2011 short drama film written by Melissa Osborne and directed by Jeff McCutcheon, Melissa Osborne.
  4. "Change" is a 2011 animated short film written and directed by Virág Kiss.


Change refers to a difference in a state of affairs at different points in time. Although it is a familiar experience, an analysis of change provides subtle problems which have occupied philosophers since the Presocratics. Heraclitus is the first philosopher known to have directly raised such issues, with aphorisms such as "one cannot step into the same river twice". The Eleatics were particularly concerned with change and raised a number of problems, including Zeno's paradoxes, which caused them to go as far as insisting that change was impossible, and that reality was one and unchanging. Later philosophers would reject this conclusion, instead developing systems such as atomism in attempts to circumvent the Eleatic problems. In the modern era, some of these problems would enter the domain of mathematics, with the development of calculus and analysis. These developments were regarded by some as solving problems of change, but others maintain that philosophical issues persist.

Phrases with Change

Phrases starting with the word Change:

  1. Change Up
  2. change-up
  3. change form
  4. Change Hand
  5. change over
  6. change hands
  7. Change order
  8. change shape
  9. change state
  10. change taste

Phrases ending with the word Change:

  1. to change
  2. And Change
  3. oil change
  4. sea change
  5. sex change
  6. Cool Change
  7. Gear Change
  8. hour change
  9. Seed Change
  10. Step Change

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Change

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Google previewBeing Positive in a Negative World (2015)

Spiced Weekly Nuggets by Sy Tshabalala

Change is the buzz word that dominates the conversations of many.

Google previewStaff Development (1999)

Practices that Promote Leadership in Learning Communities by Sally J. Zepeda

Systemic change is a modification in the nature of the work being done.

Google previewDevelopmental Psychology (2002)

A Student's Handbook by Margaret Harris, George Butterworth

Transformational change refers to a change over time in form or ability.

Variational change is a more subtle concept that refers to the degree that a change varies from an assumed standard.

Google previewThe Complete Conversations with God (2005)

An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch

Change is a fundamental right of all creatures. Indeed...

Google previewA Comprehensive Study of Education (2011)

by Ravi S. Samuel

Hence, change is the eternal law of nature and the law of life. Whenever there is a change, there is life.

Google previewMultiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems (2013)

by Peter Petraitis

Many of the better known models in ecology are of the form where the rate of change is a function of density or some other ecosystem state such as biomass or resource abundance. Throughout we will present the models in terms of density, ...

Google previewthe making of the modern vocalist: become a great singer in 9 lessons

Change is an entity unto itself but can readily exist alongside the conventional and what can be perceived as being the current...

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2012)

by W.J. Maunder

Climate, climate change, climate fluctuations and climatic trends are only a few of the terms used today, in not only conferences, scientific symposia and workshops, but also parliaments and in discussions throughout society.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Change (2001)

Environmental Change and Human Society

Environmental Change and Human Society. Glaciation. FIGURE 3. The record of (A) marine 18O for the past 2 million years (larger values of 18O signify oceanic enrichment in oxygen-18 relative to oxygen-16); (B) approximate ages of glacial ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law (2013)

by Nicholas A. Robinson, Wang Xi, Lin Harmon, Sarah Wegmueller

eventually replace the 1972 Convention, represents a major change of approach to the question of how to regulate the use of the sea as a depository for waste materials. Article 3 stresses the “precautionary approach.” This requires that ...

Google previewMystic Mini Dictionary of Spirit Language

by Ken Ludden

that must become change, flow or growth to practice skills without the full responsibility for outcome ...

Google previewDictionary of International Economics Terms (2006)

by John Owen Edward Clark

price level 2 1 9 good or service, usually a reduction in demand if the price change is an increase (except for an inferior good) . price-elastic Describing a good or service that sells in proportionately smaller quantities compared to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2011)

by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, Dr. Michael Mastrandrea, Terry L. Root

TOPICAL OUTLINE OF ENTRIES This topical outline presents an overview of the Encyclopedia, with entries listed under the following subject categories: Arts and Culture, Climate and Climate Change, Geographical Regions, Life Sciences, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (2007)

by Stewart Clegg, James R. Bailey

Ecological change refers to the changes in the character of the community or its constituent populations as they adapt—that is, to any organizational group's evolutionary path. Research in evolutionary biology, economics, political science, and ...

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Usage statistics about change

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Usage statistics for the noun change:

spoken English30.49%written English69.51% conversational speech27.19%task-oriented speech72.81% imaginative writing16.58%informational writing83.42%

Usage statistics for the verb change:

spoken English54.97%written English45.03% conversational speech42.52%task-oriented speech57.48% imaginative writing50.28%informational writing49.72%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb change:


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Quotes about Change

The change in office,
The change in government,
The change of the President! !
Change, range, strange, flange, grange, mange;
But, let us rather change for the better. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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Scrabble value of C3H4A1N1G2E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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