exchange

noun, often attributive
ex·​change | \ iks-ˈchānj How to pronounce exchange (audio) , ˈeks-ˌchānj How to pronounce exchange (audio) \

Definition of exchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another : trade an exchange of prisoners
2a : the act or process of substituting one thing for another
b : reciprocal giving and receiving
3 : something offered, given, or received in an exchange
4a : 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
(3) : the amount of the difference in value between two currencies or between values of a particular currency at two places
c : instruments (such as checks or bills of exchange) presented in a clearinghouse for settlement
5 : a place where things or services are exchanged: such 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
: as a substitute

exchange

verb
exchanged; exchanging

Definition of exchange (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to part with for a substitute exchanging future security for immediate pleasure
3 : to give and receive reciprocally exchange gifts

intransitive verb

1 : to pass or become received in exchange
2 : to engage in an exchange

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Other Words from exchange

Verb

exchangeability \ iks-​ˌchān-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce exchangeability (audio) \ noun
exchangeable \ iks-​ˈchān-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce exchangeable (audio) \ adjective
exchanger \ iks-​ˈchān-​jər How to pronounce exchanger (audio) , ˈeks-​ˌchān-​ \ noun

Examples of exchange in a Sentence

Noun

an even exchange of property an angry exchange of insults a useful exchange of information threats of a nuclear exchange

Verb

We exchanged addresses and promised we'd write each other often. These coupons can be exchanged for food. I'd like to exchange this sweater for a smaller one.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That's what happened to a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange when its founder, Gerry Cotten, was the only person who knew the credentials to access hundreds of millions of dollars worth of customer assets and died unexpectedly. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 The two sides also agreed to a prisoner exchange that has yet to take place. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack," 28 Jan. 2019 Kevin, however, was oblivious to the whole exchange, which got a few people upset: But things really started to heat up online when the episode flashed back to prom night for Kevin, his date, and Randall (Kate stayed at home). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'This Is Us' Viewers Were Super Upset With Kevin After This Week's Episode," 24 Oct. 2018 He chats and bonds with them in a seemingly authentic way, which brings me back to his exchange with Emerald. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018 In exchange his daughter with Sunny, Cosima, would get a share of the family fortune. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 To be fair, Deadpool and Cable do exchange one round of particularly blazing fisticuffs, and thank goodness for that. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 In exchange for this hard work, Hiram gifts Archie a brand new car, because Hiram can only show affection through gifts. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 Those exchanges, which are subject to anti-money laundering regulations, can act as a link to forms of real-world identification, like addresses and bank accounts. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Someone Found a Use for Bitcoin. Russian Hackers!," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Water does enter the lungs, which can't exchange oxygen to and from the blood, and the swimmer's blood oxygen level drops. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Parent Needs to Know About "Dry Drowning"," 27 Mar. 2019 There's Crashing, which follows the lives of six people living together as property guardians of a hospital that's out of use, exchanging cheap rent and an absurd set of strict rules for keeping the building safe. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Yes, Jonas and Chopra are rumored to be exchanging their vows inside a literal palace. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Getting Married in a Literal Palace," 12 Nov. 2018 However, a police spokesman confirmed on Tuesday evening that the server that was used to exchange messages was hacked. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app," 7 Nov. 2018 The same concern hinders German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s aspiration to develop a European alternative to the global Swift system for exchanging transaction messages between banks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Bad Iran Bet," 25 Sep. 2018 Police say the 10- and 11-year-old suspects exchanged text messages, plotting to kill another 11-year-old student. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Police: Girls, 10 and 11, plotted via text to kill classmate in Virginia," 9 May 2018 Beer drinkers can exchange 3 tickets for a domestic beer, 4 tickets for craft and imported brews, or 5 tickets for import beer with a souvenir chalice. Nicole Miller-coleman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival 2018," 26 May 2018 Plus, two 2017 Heartland Film Festival vouchers to exchange for two tickets to a film of their choice. Indianapolis Star, "VIP Party in the Pavilion," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of exchange

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for exchange

Noun

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

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The first known use of exchange was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for exchange

exchange

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

exchange

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exchange (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

exchange

noun
ex·​change | \ iks-ˈchānj How to pronounce exchange (audio) \

Kids Definition of exchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of giving or taking of one thing in return for another : trade a fair exchange
2 : a place where goods or services are exchanged
3 : the act of giving and receiving between two groups an exchange of ideas

exchange

verb
exchanged; exchanging

Kids Definition of exchange (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or take one thing in return for another : trade, swap

exchange

noun
ex·​change

Legal Definition of exchange

1a : a giving of something of value (as real property) in return for something of equal value (as money or property of a like kind)
b in the civil law of Louisiana : a giving of something of value in return for something of equal value except money — compare sale
2 : an organized market or center for trading in securities or commodities

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