Means that something is different, or to take or do something other than what one had originally planned.
1. Big change/ Enormous change/ Major change
Refers to a big difference that has happened or is about to happen. A big change is one that is large and will be easily noticed. It can be positive or negative.
- Moving is always a big change.
- I’m not ready for a big change, I was thinking about doing something small first.
- The new career path I’m embarking on is an enormous change.
- Tomorrow we are rolling out a major marketing change.
2. Considerable change
Refers to a change or difference that is made that is very big. It’s not just big in size, but it’s also an important change.
- Adding the new department will be a considerable change at work.
- This is a considerable change for me.
3. Dramatic change
Refers to a change or difference that is big, bold, and striking. A dramatic change does not go unnoticed. It can be a good thing, or a bad thing.
- Dying her hair dark was a dramatic change.
- Moving the company’s headquarters across the county was a dramatic change.
4. Drastic change
Also refers to a big change. However a drastic change is a change that happens usually as a solution to a problem. A drastic change is almost always in a response to something.
- If I’m going to lose this much weight, I know I’ll have to make some drastic changes in my life.
- I think eliminating the entire department may be too drastic of a change.
5. Extensive change/ Far reaching change
Refers to a change that covers a large area. If the change is happening in a company it may cover several departments. If the change is happening in a country it could cover large regions, or the entire country.
- After the hurricane there were extensive changes made to how the government approached natural disasters.
- With new management taking over there will be far reaching changes throughout the company.
6. Fundamental Change
Refers to a difference that is made at the core of something. This is not a surface or general change. A fundamental change is a basic, core, central change. This could be a change that completely changes the direction of something.
- We’re making a fundamental change in the way that this company is run.
- Becoming a vegan was a fundamental change that I made in my life.
7. Radical change
Refers to a complete change. It’s very similar to a fundamental change. A radical change is a complete overhaul of the way things were. When a radical change is made, it’s a recognition that what was happening before was not working at all.
- The rise in protest signals that there may be a radical political change coming.
- It’s important for us to get constant feedback from our employees and customers, that way we can make little changes along the way, and won’t have to make a radical change in the future.
8. Irreversible change
Is a change that cannot be undone. Once this change happens, it’s done and it can’t be changed back.
- Getting plastic surgery isn’t like dying your hair, it’s an irreversible change.
- I just want to do something small, nothing crazy. No irreversible changes please.
9. Systematic change
Refers to a change that goes through every section of something. It may mean that each section is being changed one at a time, or it may mean that each section is affected by the change. When this happens the change is planned, deliberate, and organized.
- The school system is making a systematic change to the way science is taught.
- Do you really think we need to make a systematic change?
10. Abrupt change
Refers to a change that happens quickly. It may or may not be planed. It may be positive or negative. Either way it happens suddenly and without warning.
- Mary was promoted a month ago, so getting laid off was confusing and felt like an abrupt change.
- No one expected Ryan to improve so much over the summer, it caused an abrupt change to who on the team started.
11. Pleasant change
Refers to a change that has a positive effect. This is a change that makes someone happy.
- Moving to the beach was a really pleasant change.
- I was worried about our new boss, but it’s been a really pleasant change.