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1‘this could change the face of Britain’
alter, make different, become different, undergo a change, make alterations to, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, turn, amend, improve, modify, convert, revise, recast, reform, reshape, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, rework, remake, remodel, remould, redo, reconstruct, reorganize, reorder, refine, reorient, reorientate, vary, transform, transfigure, transmute, metamorphose, undergo a sea change, evolve
preserve, stay the same
2‘he'd changed his job’
swap, exchange, interchange, substitute, switch, commute, convert, replace, rotate, alternate, transpose
1‘there has been a change of plan’
alteration, modification, variation, conversion, revision, amendment, adjustment, adaptation
remodelling, reshaping, remoulding, redoing, reconstruction, rebuilding, recasting, reorganization, rearrangement, reordering, reshuffling, restyling, rejigging, reworking, renewal, renewing, revamping, renovation, remaking
metamorphosis, transformation, transfiguration, translation, evolution, mutation, sea change
2‘we need a change of government’
swap, exchange, interchange, substitution, switch, commutation, conversion, replacement, rotation, alternation, transposition
trade, barter, bartering
3‘sorry about the note—I've no change’
coins, loose change, small change, cash, petty cash, coinage, coin, coin of the realm, hard cash, silver, copper, coppers, gold
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