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Meaning & Definition of Exchange in English

English

Exchange

/ɪksʧenʤ/

noun

1. Chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

    synonym:
  • exchange

2. A mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

  • "They had a bitter exchange"
    synonym:
  • exchange

3. The act of changing one thing for another thing

  • "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"
  • "There was an interchange of prisoners"
    synonym:
  • exchange
  • ,
  • interchange

4. The act of giving something in return for something received

  • "Deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable"
    synonym:
  • exchange

5. A workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

    synonym:
  • central
  • ,
  • telephone exchange
  • ,
  • exchange

6. A workplace for buying and selling

  • Open only to members
    synonym:
  • exchange

7. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

  • "After a short rally connors won the point"
    synonym:
  • rally
  • ,
  • exchange

8. Reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

  • "He earns his living from the interchange of currency"
    synonym:
  • exchange
  • ,
  • interchange

9. The act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent smith in for jones but the substitution came too late to help"

    synonym:
  • substitution
  • ,
  • exchange
  • ,
  • commutation

10. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

  • "Black lost the exchange"
    synonym:
  • exchange

11. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

  • "The endgame began after the exchange of queens"
    synonym:
  • exchange

verb

1. Give to, and receive from, one another

  • "Would you change places with me?"
  • "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
    synonym:
  • exchange
  • ,
  • change
  • ,
  • interchange

2. Exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

  • "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"
  • "He changed his name"
  • "Convert centimeters into inches"
  • "Convert holdings into shares"
    synonym:
  • change
  • ,
  • exchange
  • ,
  • commute
  • ,
  • convert

3. Change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

    synonym:
  • switch over
  • ,
  • switch
  • ,
  • exchange

4. Hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

  • "Exchange prisoners"
  • "Exchange employees between branches of the company"
    synonym:
  • exchange

5. Put in the place of another

  • Switch seemingly equivalent items
  • "The con artist replaced the original with a fake rembrandt"
  • "Substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"
  • "Synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"
    synonym:
  • substitute
  • ,
  • replace
  • ,
  • interchange
  • ,
  • exchange

6. Exchange a penalty for a less severe one

    synonym:
  • commute
  • ,
  • convert
  • ,
  • exchange

Examples of using

If you can't exchange this, I'd like a refund.
It came to a heated exchange of words.
You're wanting to exchange your car for a more modern one.