Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

To change something - thesaurus

Synonyms

transition

verb

to change from one situation, form, or state to another, or to cause someone or something to do this

change

verb

to become different, or to make someone or something different

make into

to change someone or something so that they become something else

convert

verb

to change from one system, use, or method to another, or to make something do this

transform

verb

to make someone or something completely different, usually in a way that makes them more attractive, easier to use etc

modify

verb

to change something slightly, especially in order to improve it or to make it less extreme

turn into

to make someone or something change or develop into something different

alter

verb

to make something or someone different

adapt

verb

to change something to make it more suitable for a new use or situation

reverse

verb

to change the order or development of events, a process, or a situation to be the opposite of what it was

Show me more
Show me less

More synonyms

adjust

verb

to change something slightly in order to make it better, more accurate, or more effective

bring someone/something into line

to make someone/something similar to another person or thing

customise

a British spelling of customize

customize

verb

to change the way something looks or works so that it is exactly what you want or need

deradicalize

verb

to cause someone with extreme views to become more moderate

disguise

verb

to make something look, sound, or seem like something else

distort

verb

to change something such as information so that it is no longer true or accurate

distort

verb

to change the way that something looks, sounds, or behaves so that it becomes strange or difficult to recognize

doctor

verb

to change something, especially facts or numbers, in order to make people believe something that is not true

do to

to make changes in something

fine-tune

verb

to make small changes to something in order to make it as good or as effective as possible

fudge

verb

to change the details of something, or to leave out information

get back

to make something return to the state or condition it was in before

individuate

verb

very formal to make someone or something different from all others

juggle

verb

to change the way that things are done, in order to achieve what you want

key to

to change something so that it is suitable for a particular purpose

make your/a mark (on something)

to change something, or to do something important, so that people notice and remember you

modulate

verb

formal to change something, especially in order to achieve a particular effect

overhaul

verb

to completely change a system in order to make it work more effectively

pitch

verb

to say, write, or create something so that it will be suitable for people of a particular age, level of ability etc

radicalise

a British spelling of radicalize

radicalize

verb

to make a person, group, or system more radical

readjust

verb

to make a slight change to something

recast

verb

to change the way that someone or something is or appears to be

reconstitute

verb

to change the form or structure of something

reinvent

verb

to change something that already exists and give it a different form or purpose

rejig

verb

Britishinformal to arrange something so that it is organized in a different way

remodel

verb

to change the structure or appearance of something

remold

the American spelling of remould

remould

verb

to change the form or structure of something such as a system or an idea

reshape

verb

to change the way that something operates or develops

restore

verb

to make someone or something start being in a particular situation again

reverse a trend

to change a trend so that the opposite thing happens

revise

verb

to change the way that you do something

revolutionise

a British spelling of revolutionize

revolutionize

verb

to completely change the way that something is done, thought about, or made

rework

verb

to use something such as a piece of music or writing for another purpose after making changes to it

ring the changes

to make major changes to something

shift

verb

if an idea, attitude, or plan shifts, or if someone shifts it, it changes

stamp your mark on something

to affect or change something in a way that allows people to recognize your influence

swing the balance

to change or to affect the result of something

switch

verb

to change from one thing to another, or to make something do this

tailor something to/for

to make or change something especially for a particular person or purpose

touch

verb

to change or influence someone or something in a positive way

touch

verb

to change something in a way that is noticeable

translate

verb

to change something into a different form, or to express something in a different way

transmogrify

verb

humorous to change something into something very different, especially in a way that is funny or strange

transmute

verb

formal to change into something completely different, or to make something change in this way

tweak

verb

informal to make small changes in order to improve something

undo

verb

to have the effect of changing something back into its original, usually worse state

vary

verb

to change something

BuzzWord

hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play