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Words used to describe changes

away

adverb

used for showing that there is a change in people’s opinions or ways of doing things

cosmetic

adjective

cosmetic changes only affect the appearance of something instead of its basic structure

developmental

adjective

relating to the gradual change and improvement in something over a period of time

drastic

adjective

a drastic action or change has a very big effect

evolutionary

adjective

connected with a gradual process of change and development

gradual

adjective

gradual processes and changes happen slowly and by small amounts

gradually

adverb

slowly and in small stages or amounts

quicksilver

adjective

changing often in ways that you do not expect

radical

adjective

a radical change or way of doing something is new and very different from the usual way

radically

adverb

if something changes radically, it changes completely or in a way that is very noticeable

seismic

adjective

causing a very great change in a situation

sharp

adjective

a sharp change is sudden and very big

shifting

adjective

shifting things such as standards or relationships are always changing

sweeping

adjective

a sweeping change or development has a major effect

unpredictable

adjective

changing often, in a way that is impossible to prepare for

unpredictable

adjective

used about a person or their behaviour

cosmetically

adverb

developmentally

adverb

drastically

adverb

metamorphic

adjective

metamorphically

adverb

unpredictably

adverb

by the minute

used for referring to something that is changing or developing very quickly

by turns

changing from one state, mood, or quality to another

from day to day

in a way that changes quickly or often

from one day to the next

if something changes from one day to the next, it changes suddenly

from hour to hour/place to place etc

used for showing that something changes every hour/is different in every place etc

from the sublime to the ridiculous

used when talking about a change from something extremely good or important to something silly and not important

none the better/worse etc

no better/worse etc than before

on the turn

starting to change

all/other things being equal

if things stay as expected, or if there are no special facts to consider

beyond/out of (all) recognition

in a way that makes it impossible to recognize who someone is or what something is

that’s different

used when you are explaining that something changes a situation

the boot is on the other foot

used for saying that a situation has changed completely, so that the person who had the least power now has the most

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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old and in bad condition, or no longer effective

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a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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