Definition of sea change in English:

sea change

noun

  • 1A profound or notable transformation.

    ‘recent years have witnessed a sea change in the fortunes of car safety as a marketable quantity’
    • ‘Only a true partnership involving all stakeholders can make a real sea change.’
    • ‘This marks a profound sea change for the Company, which is arguably the largest B-to-B publisher online.’
    • ‘With every decision that marks a sea change on the telecom horizon, there's usually a technology solution to address it.’
    transformation, change, alteration, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendment, metamorphosis, transfiguration, evolution, mutation
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    1. 1.1Australian A significant change in lifestyle, especially a move from the city to a rural or seaside location.
      ‘people are looking at sea changes for a better work-life balance’
      • ‘It has been much discussed in the media with examples given of downshifting and sea changes.’
      • ‘The electorate is changing, from blue-collar rural economy, to a sea change economy, dominated by retirees and eco-tourism.’
      • ‘Efforts to court those people looking for a "sea change" or bush change saw the median house price rise by 40 per cent.’
      • ‘Others leaving cite on-going anti-social behaviour in the town, associated criminal damage, cost of living, sea change options or family commitments elsewhere.’
      • ‘Tasmania is consided by many to represent the perfect 'sea change' for those wishing to escape the concrete jungles of Melbourne or Sydney.’
      • ‘Ever since my family tasted the ultimate sea change three years ago my three girls are up at 4 every morning bar Sunday.’
      • ‘Rumours persist that "sea change packages" (aka redundancies) are coming soon to The Age as the paper continues to carve back its budget.’
      • ‘Are Australians opting in their tens of thousands for a sea change, or are they being driven out of the cities by the rising cost of housing?’
      • ‘City-based journos across the country looking for a sea change that doesn't include moving to Byron Bay and writing the great Australian novel should take a look at the Warialda Standard.’
      • ‘People are going to take off into the country and all that sea change stuff.’

Origin

From Shakespeare's Tempest (I. ii. 403).

Pronunciation

sea change