interchange

1 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to change places mutually
interchanger noun

interchange

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

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, sun-sentinel.com, 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, NOLA.com, 13 Aug. 2020 More than 40 acts performed on six stages, interchanging at rapid speed. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2020
Noun
The county also is working with VDOT to make crossing Route 123 easier, planners said, and is studying how to redesign the Route 123 and Route 7 interchange to simplify navigating on foot. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2022 Westbound lanes will be closed from the I-30/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock to I-630 in Little Rock. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2022 Right now, the DWR is focusing on the I-80 and I-84 interchange near Echo Reservoir. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 Designed 50 years ago, the I-695/I-70 Interchange can’t handle the amount of traffic that currently flows through the interchange, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 23 Oct. 2022 Reducing interchange would cause credit card rewards programs to wither and more people would likely have trouble obtaining credit cards altogether. Ike Brannon, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 Rebuilding the crumbling and congested interchange began in 2013, and was originally scheduled to be finished in June 2018, according to IDOT. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 Harmony’s two satellites will carry infrared sensors and radar receivers to observe the turbulent waves, winds, and eddies that govern the interchange of heat and gases between the oceans and atmosphere. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 29 Sep. 2022 The Brewers have a 6:40 game against the Cardinals tonight right off the interchange. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interchange.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interchange was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near interchange

Cite this Entry

“Interchange.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interchange. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

interchange 1 of 2

verb

in·​ter·​change ˌint-ər-ˈchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio)
1
: to put each in the place of the other
2
3
: to change places mutually
interchangeability
-ˌchān-jə-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
interchangeable
-ˈchān-jə-bəl
adjective
interchangeably
-blē
adverb
interchanger noun

interchange

2 of 2

noun

in·​ter·​change ˈint-ər-ˌchānj How to pronounce interchange (audio)
1
: the act or process or an instance of interchanging
2
: a joining of two or more highways by a system of separate levels that permit streams of traffic to pass from one to another without crossing
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ