interchange

verb
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

interchange

noun
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

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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

For commuters sitting in lines of traffic coming home to Harford County after work, two express lanes and interchange upgrades, sounds like a welcome relief. Editorial From The Aegis, The Aegis, "Two more lanes [Editorial]," 21 June 2018 The 65-year-old Viaduct will be replaced by a four-lane Highway 99 tunnel, along with Sodo and South Lake Union interchanges, scheduled to open the week of Feb. 4. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 Rising interchange, or swipe, fees, account for a big chunk of those costs and are a point of tension between retailers and credit-card companies. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Amazon Pay Accepted Here? Web Giant Aims to Put Digital Wallet in Stores," 21 Nov. 2018 The interchange on Interstate 95 — a maze of ramps connecting I-95, Spanish River and Yamato Road — was originally supposed to be done in 2016, then by December 2017, then January, then March. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spanish River Boulevard interchange again delayed. When will it finally be done?," 30 Mar. 2018 There’s gonna be a lot of interchanges before this season is out. W.g. Ramirez, The Seattle Times, "Coyle’s third-period goal sends Wild past Golden Knights 4-2," 21 Jan. 2019 The partial closure of the interchange with Interstate-65, known as malfunction junction, comes amid a huge makeover that started in 2016. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "I-59/20 South at Malfunction Junction closed until Wednesday," 8 Apr. 2018 The project will close lanes and ramps at various times (mostly night work) on Interstate 5 from OR 217 interchange to just south of Iowa Street viaduct in Southwest Portland. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Light traffic on wet roads for spring break," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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.

interchange

noun
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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