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noun ex·change \iks-ˈchānj, ˈeks-ˌ\

Simple Definition of exchange

  • : an occurrence in which people give things of similar value to each other : the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another thing

  • : an occurrence in which people direct something at each other

  • : an occurrence in which people give information to each other

Full Definition of exchange

  1. 1 :  the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another :  trade <an exchange of prisoners>

  2. 2 a :  the act or process of substituting one thing for another b :  reciprocal giving and receiving

  3. 3 :  something offered, given, or received in an exchange

  4. 4 a :  funds payable currently at a distant point either in a foreign currency or in domestic currency b (1) :  interchange or conversion of the money of two countries or of current and uncurrent money with allowance for difference in value (2) :  exchange rate (3) :  the amount of the difference in value between two currencies or between values of a particular currency at two places c :  instruments (as checks or bills of exchange) presented in a clearinghouse for settlement

  5. 5 :  a place where things or services are exchanged: as a :  an organized market or center for trading in securities or commodities b :  a store or shop specializing in merchandise usually of a particular type c :  a cooperative store or society d :  a central office in which telephone lines are connected to permit communication

in exchange
  1. :  as a substitute

Examples of exchange

  1. an even exchange of property

  2. an angry exchange of insults

  3. a useful exchange of information

  4. threats of a nuclear exchange

Origin of exchange

Middle English exchaunge, from Anglo-French eschange, from eschanger to exchange, from Vulgar Latin *excambiare, from Latin ex- + cambiare to exchange — more at change

First Known Use: 14th century



verb ex·change

Simple Definition of exchange

  • : to give something and receive something in return

  • : to direct (words, looks, etc.) at each other

  • : to return (a product) to a store and have it replaced by another product : to trade (something that has been purchased) for something else

Full Definition of exchange


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to part with, give, or transfer in consideration of something received as an equivalent b :  to have replaced by other merchandise <exchanged the shirt for one in a larger size>

  3. 2 :  to part with for a substitute <exchanging future security for immediate pleasure>

  4. 3 :  to give and receive reciprocally <exchange gifts>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to pass or become received in exchange

  7. 2 :  to engage in an exchange

ex·change·abil·i·ty play \iks-ˌchān-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ex·change·able play \iks-ˈchān-jə-bəl\ adjective
ex·chang·er play \iks-ˈchān-jər, eks-ˌ\ noun

Examples of exchange

  1. We exchanged addresses and promised we'd write each other often.

  2. These coupons can be exchanged for food.

  3. I'd like to exchange this sweater for a smaller one.

15th Century

First Known Use of exchange

15th century

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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