exchange

noun, often attributive
ex·change | \ iks-ˈchānj , ˈeks-ˌchānj \

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

(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 (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 \ noun
exchangeable \iks-ˈchān-jə-bəl \ adjective
exchanger \iks-ˈchān-jər, 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

Both say they will be vindicated when the complete set of text exchanges is revealed by police or in court. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 Some of the angriest exchanges at the hearing were between Strzok and Gowdy. BostonGlobe.com, "FBI agent Strzok feuds with GOP critics at hearing," 13 July 2018 Parts of this exchange were redacted before the Milford Police released the call to the media. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Everything We Know About the Allegations Against LeSean McCoy," 12 July 2018 The ramping up of needle exchanges in the region only started this year. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 Neither is able to land a telling blow in the midst of a wild exchange. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose live round-by-round coverage," 8 July 2018 One of the best and funniest exchanges in this play involves the King and Sarah Day’s Juliette, the grumpy, long-ignored and decidedly underappreciated servant. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 But as New Orleans, post-Katrina, has seen an influx of transplants from up North, a subtler sort of cultural exchange seems to be taking place. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 2018 Gerardo Hernández, the leader of a Cuban spy ring, was sentenced to life in connection with the shoot-down but was returned to Cuba in 2014 as part of a prisoner exchange. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Campaign intensifies to indict Raúl Castro for deadly 1996 shoot-down of exile planes," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Brown, in an equally classy move, shared the exchanged. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions radio: Jim Brandstatter 'passes torch' to Lomas Brown," 14 July 2018 Prosecutors said Carter and Roy exchanged more than 1,000 texts in the week prior to Roy’s death. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Mass. Teen Who Urged Boyfriend to Kill Himself in Texts Says It Was Free Speech, Not Crime," 12 July 2018 Supporters of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach repeatedly booed Gov. Jeff Colyer at a Republican debate in Johnson County Thursday night as the two leading Republicans exchanged barbs. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kobach and Colyer trade barbs — and boos— at heated Johnson County GOP debate," 12 July 2018 Records show that Lozito and SAPD Deputy Chief Jimmy Reyes exchanged emails in November 2016, in which Lozito sent Reyes a copy of the facility’s floor plans. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Tour of new intake center renews rift between officials," 11 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages that were highly critical of Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panels Thursday. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "House Republicans threaten FBI lawyer Lisa Page with contempt for ignoring subpoena," 12 July 2018 As Gonzalez and her intended, Ariel Gonzalez Mass, 30, exchanged vows, they were framed by windows showcasing the stormy beach — meaning the wedding was still ‘‘sort of a beach wedding,’’ Gonzalez said. Hannah Natanson, BostonGlobe.com, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel Thursday. Nick Anderson, latimes.com, "Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page won't show for House interview," 11 July 2018 Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel Thursday. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Seattle Times, "Attorney: Ex-FBI lawyer Page won’t show for House interview," 10 July 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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Phrases Related to exchange

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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 \

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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