in·​ter·​change | \ ˌin-tər-ˈchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio) \
interchanged; interchanging; interchanges

Definition of interchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put each of (two things) in the place of the other
2 : exchange

intransitive verb

: to change places mutually


in·​ter·​change | \ ˈin-tər-ˌchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio) \

Definition of interchange (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act, process, or an instance of interchanging : exchange
2 : a junction of two or more highways by a system of separate levels that permit traffic to pass from one to another without the crossing of traffic streams

Other Words from interchange


interchanger noun

Examples of interchange in a Sentence

Verb We interchanged the two tires.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The changes to interchange rates -- which also include some decreases, such as certain transactions under $5, the credit card companies said -- were meant to go into effect in April 2020, but were postponed due to the pandemic. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 18 May 2022 In the Hebrew language, the guttural letters ayin and chet often interchange, rendering litz’ok and litzchok the same. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 10 Jan. 2022 Indiana State Police responded to the call about a pedestrian hit near the I-465 and I-74 interchange, around 5:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2021 The merger could allow trains traveling north and south to avoid having to interchange cars and potentially bypass Chicago, a busy and often congested hub in the U.S. freight system. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2021 The mothers continued to interchange their litters for some time until one day Chilli moved into new territory, taking all the cubs with her. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 These goggles have an amazing ability to quickly interchange their high-contrast lenses protected with smudge, scratch, anti-fog, and moisture-resistant coating. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 Lamps, available in a variety of designs and prices and typically scattered throughout a home, are easy to interchange. Chris Bynum,, 13 Aug. 2020 More than 40 acts performed on six stages, interchanging at rapid speed. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The current Route 7 /Route 15, or Merritt Parkway, is a partial interchange. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2022 The church will face demolition as the Utah Department of Transportation converts Bangerter Highway into a freeway-style interchange at 4700 South. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 The months-long closure is for the rebuilding of 12 Mile Road and the new diverging diamond interchange as part of the Modernize 75 project. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 24 Feb. 2022 The new interchange is planned to: Add on- and off-ramps at Lindsay Road. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 The fifth project — a full Beltway interchange at the Greenbelt Metro station in Prince George’s — is slated to receive $3 million for engineering. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 For those driving past the 24-acre site southwest of the Interstate 80/Halsted interchange, the work might not be very obvious as most of it will be taking place below ground, with the installation of utility lines and similar infrastructure. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2022 It’s part of a busy retail area next to a highway interchange - at Interstate 271 and Mayfield Road - and near the Eastgate Shopping Center. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 According to San Antonio police, an 18-wheeler transporting the cattle rolled over on its side while driving southbound at about 10 p.m. on I-37 near the Interstate 10 interchange on the South Side. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interchange


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interchange


Middle English entrechaungen, from Anglo-French *entrechanger, from entre- inter- + changer to change

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“Interchange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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in·​ter·​change | \ ˌin-tər-ˈchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio) \
interchanged; interchanging

Kids Definition of interchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put each in the place of the other : exchange You can interchange the two signs.


in·​ter·​change | \ ˈin-tər-ˌchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio) \

Kids Definition of interchange (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of sharing or exchanging things an interchange of ideas
2 : an area where highways meet and it is possible to move from one to the other without stopping


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