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exchange

noun, often attributive ex·change \ iks-ˈchānj , ˈeks-ˌchānj \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of exchange

1 : the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another : trade
  • an exchange of prisoners
2 a : the act or process of substituting one thing for another
b : reciprocal giving and receiving
3 : something offered, given, or received in an exchange
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
(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

Examples of exchange in a Sentence

  1. an even exchange of property

  2. an angry exchange of insults

  3. a useful exchange of information

  4. threats of a nuclear exchange

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Origin and Etymology 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


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exchange

verb

Definition of exchange

exchanged; exchanging
transitive verb
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
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

exchangeability

play \iks-ˌchān-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

exchangeable

play \iks-ˈchān-jə-bəl\ adjective

exchanger

play \iks-ˈchān-jər, ˈeks-ˌchān-\ noun

Examples of exchange in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of exchange from the Web

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First Known Use of exchange

15th century



EXCHANGE Defined for English Language Learners

exchange

noun

Definition of exchange for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of exchange for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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exchange

noun ex·change \ iks-ˈchānj \

Definition of exchange for Students

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

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exchange

verb

Definition of exchange for Students

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

Law Dictionary

exchange

noun ex·change

legal Definition of exchange

1 a : 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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