Synonyms of switch


1. switch, electric switch, electrical switch, control, controller

usage: control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit

2. substitution, permutation, transposition, replacement, switch, variation, fluctuation

usage: an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"

3. switch, hairpiece, false hair, postiche

usage: hairpiece consisting of a tress of false hair; used by women to give shape to a coiffure

4. switch, railroad track, railroad, railway

usage: railroad track having two movable rails and necessary connections; used to turn a train from one track to another or to store rolling stock

5. switch, instrument of punishment

usage: a flexible implement used as an instrument of punishment

6. switch, basketball play

usage: a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other

7. switch, switching, shift, change

usage: the act of changing one thing or position for another; "his switch on abortion cost him the election"


1. switch over, switch, exchange, change by reversal, turn, reverse

usage: change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

2. trade, swap, swop, switch, exchange, change, interchange

usage: exchange or give (something) in exchange for

3. switch, shift, change

usage: lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; "switch to a different brand of beer"; "She switched psychiatrists"; "The car changed lanes"

4. switch, change over, shift, change, alter, modify

usage: make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"

5. throw, flip, switch, engage, mesh, lock, operate

usage: cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"

6. switch, flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounce

usage: flog with or as if with a flexible rod

7. interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop, change by reversal, turn, reverse

usage: reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

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Definition and meaning of switch (Dictionary)