[ UK /ɛkst‍ʃˈe‍ɪnd‍ʒ/ ]
[ US /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/ ]
  1. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
  2. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:
    he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help
  3. the act of changing one thing for another thing
    there was an interchange of prisoners
    Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience
  4. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
    after a short rally Connors won the point
  5. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
  6. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
    he earns his living from the interchange of currency
  7. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop
    black lost the exchange
  8. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
  9. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value
    the endgame began after the exchange of queens
  10. the act of giving something in return for something received
    deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable
  11. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    they had a bitter exchange
  1. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    convert holdings into shares
    He changed his name
    convert centimeters into inches
    Could you convert my dollars into pounds?
  2. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    exchange employees between branches of the company
    exchange prisoners
  3. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
  4. give to, and receive from, one another
    We have been exchanging letters for a year
    Would you change places with me?
  5. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  6. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    substitute regular milk for fat-free milk
    the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt
    synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning
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How To Use exchange In A Sentence

  • The right back found himself in unfamiliar territory in the opposing penalty area after a swift exchange of passes that opened up Reading's defence. Times, Sunday Times
  • Those morning glories are grown every year along the south face of the historic, well-preserved post-and-beam barn that is the center of Heritage Farm; the 890-acre spread a few miles north of Decorah that Seed Savers Exchange now calls home. Kurt Michael Friese: Memories of a Life Spent Saving Seeds
  • I am thinking about taking one row of raspberries away, maybe exchange the other one as well for a newer kind with bigger berries in, so we can have a bit more room for flowers along the allotment border.
  • The exchange continued for a little over a year, until both men became absorbed in other projects, but while it lasted, Mr. Neumeyer says, "we were both sparked into spurts of vivifying and shared creativity. Gorey's Flights of Fancy
  • During our exchanges there were plenty of glares and stares, and maybe even a couple of opinions shared.
  • The term "strategic" came up again earlier this year, when Ontario's provincial government set up a committee to debate a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., operator of Canada's flagship Toronto Stock Exchange. Canada Turns Wary Eye to Foreign Bids
  • After an exchange of letters, I have finally got my appointment for next week - whoopee, I am still alive to attend it, thank God.
  • My question is this: since BAS drugs operate via a non-absorbed, non-systemic action they are anion-exchange resins, are they at all dangerous? More statin madness | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.
  • In June 2004, the Post Exchange here was mortared, killing two Soldiers and wounding more than a dozen additional troops.
  • From the early 1620s, coastal Indians supplied wampum (sacred shell beads, polished and strung in strands, belts, or sashes) to Dutch traders who exchanged it with inland natives for beaver pelts.
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