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 exchange (audio) \ noun
exchangeable \ iks-​ˈchān-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce exchange (audio) \ adjective
exchanger \ iks-​ˈchān-​jər How to pronounce exchange (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 Rose, 19, died in an exchange of gunfire with police responding to reports of a burglary. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "How Dreasjon Reed, McHale Rose are being remembered a year after they were shot by police," 5 May 2021 Manager Joe Girardi then summoned Alvarado, who is appealing a three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for a bench-clearing incident Friday night resulting in an exchange of words with Mets outfielder Domonic Smith. Kevin Cooney, ajc, "Alonso, Mets top Phillies 8-7 after replay reversal," 3 May 2021 Manager Joe Girardi then summoned Alvarado, who is appealing a three-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball for a bench-clearing incident Friday night resulting in an exchange of words with Mets outfielder Domonic Smith. Kevin Cooney, Star Tribune, "Alonso, Mets top Phillies 8-7 after replay reversal," 2 May 2021 The man backed into their car, then pulled up alongside them and, after an exchange of words, opened fire on the young couple, killing Carbajal, Moore said. Los Angeles Times, "Gunman in deadly L.A. shooting rampage had an arsenal of weapons at home, sources say," 28 Apr. 2021 In developing decentralized exchanges, the cryptocurrency industry implemented bonding curves into smart contracts, to create a fair exchange of assets. Tatiana Koffman, Forbes, "The Rise Of Decentralized Exchanges On Polkadot," 27 Apr. 2021 On a more practical level, Biden’s visit allowed for an exchange of information. Washington Post, "Jill Biden went to Navajo Nation to show the White House is listening to native voices," 27 Apr. 2021 The statutes governing free speech and the free exchange of ideas online haven't been updated in a quarter-century. Bill Hagerty, WSJ, "Goodbye Section 230, Hello Liberty," 26 Apr. 2021 Also, make sure to note whether there any exchange of goods or services related to the campaign. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Could your Facebook fundraiser or GoFundMe land you a big tax bill? Here's what to know before you start one," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pedophiles used it to exchange and watch pornography of children and toddlers, most of them boys, from all over the world. Fox News, "Germany busts international child porn site used by 400,000," 4 May 2021 Users can send and accept money from other users, hold and exchange more than 28 different currencies and get their salary two days early. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "UK fintech giant to hire 300 for new Dallas office as part of U.S. expansion," 4 May 2021 VTrckS can exchange data with state and local immunization registries that track who has received shots, but some states rely on manual data entry, Hannan said. NBC News, "CVS, Walgreens have wasted more Covid vaccine doses than most states combined," 3 May 2021 VTrckS can exchange data with state and local immunization registries that track who has received a shot, but some states rely on manual data entry, Hannan said. ABC News, "CVS, Walgreens waste more COVID vaccine than most states combined, data shows," 3 May 2021 In the southern city of Bari, the award-winning Avanzi Popolo 2.0 project is helping redistribute excess food to those in need through an online platform where users can virtually fill and exchange grocery baskets. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "From American bald eagles to sustainable palm oil, progress takes flight," 21 Apr. 2021 Aubry gives sage advice on how to take care of my houseplants, and Denise and I exchange family updates and dirty jokes. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Malcolm Freberg reveals his 'forced time' strategy," 13 Apr. 2021 The Fed is working to develop a faster system, dubbed FedNow, to allow banks to exchange money instantly, around the clock. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Powell Says Covid-19 Highlights Need to Improve Cross-Border Payments," 18 Mar. 2021 Younger people, who have largely remained ineligible for the vaccine, tend to congregate and exchange information there. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, "Scam alert: Find a COVID vaccine, but avoid criminals," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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Last Updated

8 May 2021

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“Exchange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exchange. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 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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