Substitutions for Change


Change: to make or become different:

Her attitude has definitely changed for the better since she started this new job.

That was 20 years ago and things have changed since then.

Powerful subsitutions:

  • Affect: to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause a change in someone or something:

Both buildings were badly affected by the fire.

The divorce affected every aspect of her life.It’s a disease that affects mainly older people.

I was deeply affected by the film (= it caused strong feelings in me).

  • Alter: to change something, usually slightly, or to cause the characteristics of something to change:

We’ve had to alter some of our plans.Although the cost of making phone calls is going up, the charge for connecting to the internet will not alter.

Giving up our car has radically altered our lifestyle.

  • Modify: to change something such as a plan, opinion, law, or way of behaviour slightly, usually to improve it or make it more acceptable:

Instead of simply punishing them, the system encourages offenders to modify their behaviour.

The proposals were unpopular and were only accepted in a modified form.

  • Adjust :to change something slightly, especially to make it more correct, effective, or suitable:

If the chair is too high you can adjust it to suit you.

As a teacher you have to adjust your methods to suit the needs of slower children.

She adjusted her skirt, took a deep breath, and walked into the room.

  • Adapt :to change something to suit different conditions or uses:

Many software companies have adapted popular programs to the new operating system.

The recipe here is a pork roast adapted from Caroline O’Neill’s book ‘Louisiana Kitchen’.

We had to adapt our plans to fit Jack’s timetable.

The play had been adapted for (= changed to make it suitable for) children.

Davies is busy adapting Brinkworth’s latest novel for television.

Both trees are well adapted to London’s dry climate and dirty air.

  • Revolutionise:  to completely change something so that it is much better:

Newton’s discoveries revolutionized physics.

  • Transform: to change completely the appearance or character of something or someone, especially so that they are improved:

The reorganization will transform the British entertainment industry.

Whenever a camera was pointed at her, Marilyn would instantly transform herselfinto a radiant star.

  • Mutate: to change from one thing or type of thing into another:

Jon has mutated from an awkward teenager into a sophisticated young man.


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