interchange

verb
in·​ter·​change | \ ˌin-tər-ˈchānj \
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

interchange

noun
in·​ter·​change | \ ˈin-tər-ˌchānj \

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

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Other Words from interchange

Verb

interchanger noun

Examples of interchange in a Sentence

Verb

We interchanged the two tires.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, in a BEC, the role of light and matter can be interchanged. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wandering Bose-Einstein condensate may lead to scalable quantum computer," 29 Aug. 2018 The interchanging roles – for all the FC Cincinnati midfielders – makes the club hard to predict, and in return, hard to play against. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Lahoud is a midfield buoy for FC Cincinnati in USL play," 5 July 2018 That awareness surfaces regularly here, in works where humans and beasts hybridize, with interchanging body parts and characteristics. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Since the 2-2 home draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, FC Cincinnati occasionally deploys a diamond midfield with interchanging responsibilities on the field. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Corben Bone's preferred attacking role just one of FC Cincinnati's parts in offensive flurry," 27 June 2018 Now midway through year three, the starting spots at the position are interchanging and often unpredictable. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati winger position battle among most fierce for USL minutes and MLS hopes," 20 June 2018 Even in their heyday, the two men interchanged musicians at the drop of a hat. latimes.com, "Calendar Letters: Samantha Bee, Roseanne Barr and competing views of hypocrisy," 9 June 2018 The midfield’s fluidity and interchanging positions this past week noticeably troubled opponents, allowing Cincinnati to dictate the flow and rhythm of the game. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati may embrace its first-place status, but it's not resting on any laurels," 11 May 2018 Cross-contamination can happen if utensils or plates are interchanged, if proper hand washing doesn’t take place, or even if crumbs from one dish invade another. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to gluten-free-friendly dining in Central Florida," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2008, German scientists built a tiny ant motorway, complete with the equivalent of highway interchanges, so that the ants in their laboratory could navigate between their nest and a sugary food source. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants," 20 Aug. 2018 The interchange of Interstate 94 and Highway 83 is the third-most crash prone; it’s flanked by Golf Road to the north and Heritage Drive and Hillside Drive to the south. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As you hit the roadways, be aware of these 12 crash-prone intersections in the Milwaukee area," 24 May 2018 The Cowlitz Tribe paid for interchange improvements at Interstate 5 and Northwest La Center Road near north of Vancouver where a new casino is located. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "After two employees were killed on Highway 18, Snoqualmie Casino offers $1 million for safety improvements," 30 Oct. 2018 The interchange improvements involve replacement of the Route 31 bridge over Route 20 to provide two lanes in each direction with left-turn lanes. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Southwest Elgin residents want input on IDOT's plans for Route 20/31 interchange," 28 Apr. 2018 Construction began in 2016 and is expected to be completed this year with the building of the diverging diamond interchange. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Crossing Missouri River will be challenge this weekend as all I-435 lanes close | The Kansas City Star," 2 Mar. 2018 Within FedEx’s hub and spokes network, the south Bronx station is the end of a spoke, a lung cell where the actual interchange happens between the system and people’s homes. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 After paying off the toll road’s debt, Indiana used the rest of the proceeds to fund 500 miles of new highway and 60 new or rebuilt interchanges, while also creating a $500 million highway maintenance trust fund. Robert Poole, WSJ, "How to Make Highways and Airports Pay," 21 Oct. 2018 Edgerton, Johnson County and the state of Kansas have invested $95 million in new roads leading to Logistics Park, including an interchange at I-35 and Homestead south of 199th Street. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tiny JoCo town is booming. That's not good for everyone. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of interchange

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interchange

Verb

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

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interchange

noun

Financial Definition of interchange

What It Is

An interchange is an electronic transfer of information. In the business world, this usually involves financial data.

How It Works

Banks are common users of interchange data because they issue credit cards and debit cards. When a customer uses his or her credit or debit card, information about the purchase is transmitted through an electronic data interchange (called an EDI) that exists between retailers and banks. This interchange activity is necessary for retailers to receive payment for the sale of goods and services, but it is not free. Banks usually charge an interchange fee, which is usually a combination of a percentage of the transaction size (around 2%-3%, depending on the card issuer and the size of the transaction) plus a flat fee.

Why It Matters

Without interchanges, there would be no electronic banking. The advent of the Internet has increased its use and prevalence, and card issuers get a considerable portion of their revenues from interchange fees.

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interchange

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interchange

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put each of two or more things in the place of the other

interchange

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interchange (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of sharing or exchanging things
: an area where two or more highways meet that is designed to allow traffic to move from one highway to another without stopping

interchange

verb
in·​ter·​change | \ ˌin-tər-ˈchānj \
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.

interchange

noun
in·​ter·​change | \ ˈin-tər-ˌchānj \

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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