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 The Airbus ruling threatens to set off a tit-for-tat tariff exchange between the two major trading partners that may further weigh on trans-Atlantic business and global economic growth. BostonGlobe.com, "The trade body opened the door for the Trump administration to impose billions of dollars in retaliatory sanctions in May, when it ruled that Europe had illegally subsidized Airbus to the detriment of its American competitor Boeing.," 17 Sep. 2019 The Airbus ruling threatens to set off a tit-for-tat tariff exchange between the two major trading partners that may further weigh on trans-Atlantic business and global economic growth. New York Times, "Trump Cleared to Put More Tariffs on Europe in Airbus Case," 16 Sep. 2019 As the first step toward seeking a solution to the conflict, Zelenskiy negotiated a major prisoner exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which 35 people from both sides were released and flown home on Saturday. Washington Post, "Ukraine fears forced concessions at talks with Russia," 14 Sep. 2019 An affronted Biden denied this, leading to a sharp exchange. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Julián Castro Is Not Here to Make Friends," 13 Sep. 2019 On the first possession, King and center Braylon Jones had a bad snap exchange and Washington State recovered the ball at the Houston 44. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH falls to Washington State in AdvoCare Texas Kickoff," 13 Sep. 2019 In a brief telephone exchange, Anderson declined to comment. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Democratic lawmaker resigns from UMN amid questions over how he was hired," 11 Sep. 2019 And in a sweet exchange during a Wimbledon match in July, Kate obtained a new pair of the coolest sneakers for the young royal. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Prince Louis’s Adorable Outdoor Hobby," 11 Sep. 2019 During practice that day, Brown and Mayock got into a nonphysical but heated exchange on the practice field, Rapoport reported. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Here's how Antonio Brown's tumultuous summer has gone," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ehlinger has proven, this year and last, to be capable of exchanging blows with whatever high-power offense resides on the opposite sideline. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas eager to iron out issues in final non-conference tilt with Rice," 11 Sep. 2019 Payola -- the practice of exchanging money or goods with radio stations to secure airplay for artists -- was the subject of a Congressional investigation in 1960 that ended the career of iconic American disc jockey Alan Freed. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "FCC Commissioner Asks RIAA to Investigate Payola Allegations," 5 Sep. 2019 After months of exchanging messages on the app, as through text messages and Snapchat, the two agreed to meet up for lunch. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland cop fired after being convicted of misusing police database to search girl he sent lewd photo," 4 Sep. 2019 The shooter was killed exchanging gunfire with police. CBS News, "Texas gunman was reportedly fired hours before deadly rampage," 2 Sep. 2019 According to Boston police, around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 officers assigned to the J’ouvert Parade were on hand as two men shot at each and exchanged gunfire in plain view of the officers, according to a posting on bpdnews.com. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Citing gun violence around Boston’s Caribbean festival, Cambridge cancels Cambridge Carnival International," 30 Aug. 2019 Street said of exchanging power lifts for muscle maintenance. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Five questions for 49ers vs. Chiefs," 23 Aug. 2019 The suspect, who has not been named, surrendered after he was shot while exchanging gunfire with members of a tactical negotiation team. oregonlive.com, "‘Suspect is shooting at us': Dispatch audio from the shooting that wounded 2 deputies near Hagg Lake," 9 Aug. 2019 Both groups exchanged gunfire, and the pickup drove away, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Teenager shot in drive-by targeting group of people in Old East Dallas," 30 July 2019

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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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Statistics for exchange

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19 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for exchange

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

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More Definitions for exchange

exchange

noun
How to pronounce exchange (audio) How to pronounce exchange (audio)

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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