What does exchange mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exchangenoun

    chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

  2. exchangenoun

    a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

    "they had a bitter exchange"

  3. exchange, interchangenoun

    the act of changing one thing for another thing

    "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; "there was an interchange of prisoners"

  4. exchangenoun

    the act of giving something in return for something received

    "deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable"

  5. central, telephone exchange, exchangenoun

    a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

  6. exchangenoun

    a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

  7. rally, exchangenoun

    (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

    "after a short rally Connors won the point"

  8. exchange, interchangenoun

    reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

    "he earns his living from the interchange of currency"

  9. substitution, exchange, commutationnoun

    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"

  10. exchangenoun

    (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

    "black lost the exchange"

  11. exchangeverb

    (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

    "the endgame began after the exchange of queens"

  12. exchange, change, interchangeverb

    give to, and receive from, one another

    "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"

  13. change, exchange, commute, convertverb

    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"

  14. switch over, switch, exchangeverb

    change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

  15. exchangeverb

    hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

    "exchange prisoners"; "exchange employees between branches of the company"

  16. substitute, replace, interchange, exchangeverb

    put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

    "the con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt"; "substitute regular milk with fat-free milk"; "synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning"

  17. commute, convert, exchangeverb

    exchange a penalty for a less severe one


  1. exchangenoun

    The place where the merchants, brokers, and bankers of a city meet at certain hours, to transact business; also, the institution which sets regulations and maintains the physical facilities of such a place; as, the New York Stock Exchange; a commodity exchange. In this sense the word was at one time often contracted to 'change


  1. exchangenoun

    An act of exchanging or trading.

    All in all, it was an even exchange.

  2. exchangenoun

    A place for conducting trading.

    The stock exchange is open for trading.

  3. exchangenoun

    (telephony, US only?) The fourth through sixth digits of a ten-digit phone number (the first three before the introduction of area codes).

  4. exchangenoun

    A conversation.

    After an exchange with the manager, we were no wiser.

  5. exchangenoun

    The loss of one piece and associated capture of another

  6. exchangeverb

    To trade or barter.

    I'll gladly exchange my place for yours.

  7. exchangeverb

    To replace with a similar item.

    I'd like to exchange this shirt for one in a larger size.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exchangenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    And thus they parted with exchange of harms;
    Much blood the monsters lost, and they their arms. Edmund Waller.

    They lend their corn, they make exchanges; they are always ready to serve one another. Addison.

    The world is maintained by intercourse; and the whole course of nature is a great exchange, in which one good turn is, and ought to be, the stated price of another. Robert South, Serm.

    I have bills for money by exchange
    From Florence, and must here deliver them. William Shakespeare.

    He was skilful in the exchange beyond seas, and in all the circumstances and practices thereof. John Hayward, on Edward VI.

    Thou art arm’d, Glo’ster; let the trumpet sound:
    If none appear to prove upon thy person
    Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
    There is my pledge: I’ll prove it on thy heart.
    —— There’s my exchange; what in the world he is
    That names me traitor, villain-like he lies. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Spend all I have, only give me so much time in exchange of it. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    It made not the silver coined go for more than its value in all things to be bought; but just so much as the denomination was raised, just so much less of commodity had the buyer in exchange for it. John Locke.

    If blood you seek, I will my own resign:
    O spare her life, and in exchange take mine. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    The respect and love which was paid you by all, who had the happiness to know you, was a wise exchange for the honours of the court. Dryden.

    He that uses the same words sometimes in one, and sometimes in another signification, ought to pass, in the schools, for as fair a man, as he does, in the market and exchange, who sells several things under the same name. John Locke.

    No thing, no place is strange,
    While his fair bosom is the world’s exchange. John Denham.

  2. To EXCHANGEverb

    Etymology: exchanger, French; excambiare, low Latin.

    They shall not sell of it, neither exchange nor alienate the first fruits. Ezek. xlviii. 14.

    Exchange his sheep for shells, or wool for a sparkling pebble, or a diamond. John Locke.

    Take delight in the good things of this world, so as to remember that we are to part with them, and to exchange them for more excellent and durable enjoyments. Francis Atterbury, Serm.

    Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet;
    Mine and my father’s blood, be not upon thee,
    Nor thine on me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Words having naturally no signification, the idea must be learned by those who would exchange thoughts, and hold intelligible discourse with others. John Locke.

    Here then exchange we mutually forgiveness,
    So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
    My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten. Nicholas Rowe, Jane Shore.

    The king called in the old money, and erected exchanges where the weight of old money was exchanged for new. William Camden.

    Being acquainted with the laws and fashions of his own country, he has something to exchange with those abroad. John Locke.


  1. Exchange

    Exchange is a song by American singer Bryson Tiller. It was released on March 8, 2016, as the second single from his debut studio album Trapsoul (2015). The song contains a sample of K. P. & Envyi's 1998 song "Swing My Way".


  1. exchange

    Exchange refers to the act or process of giving or receiving something in substitution for something else. It could pertain to trading goods, services, currencies, or ideas. Exchange can be applicable in a variety of contexts including commerce, finance, and communication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exchangenoun

    the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another which is regarded as an equivalent; as, an exchange of cattle for grain

  2. Exchangenoun

    the act of substituting one thing in the place of another; as, an exchange of grief for joy, or of a scepter for a sword, and the like; also, the act of giving and receiving reciprocally; as, an exchange of civilities or views

  3. Exchangenoun

    the thing given or received in return; esp., a publication exchanged for another

  4. Exchangenoun

    the process of setting accounts or debts between parties residing at a distance from each other, without the intervention of money, by exchanging orders or drafts, called bills of exchange. These may be drawn in one country and payable in another, in which case they are called foreign bills; or they may be drawn and made payable in the same country, in which case they are called inland bills. The term bill of exchange is often abbreviated into exchange; as, to buy or sell exchange

  5. Exchangenoun

    a mutual grant of equal interests, the one in consideration of the other. Estates exchanged must be equal in quantity, as fee simple for fee simple

  6. Exchangenoun

    the place where the merchants, brokers, and bankers of a city meet at certain hours, to transact business. In this sense often contracted to 'Change

  7. Exchangenoun

    to part with give, or transfer to another in consideration of something received as an equivalent; -- usually followed by for before the thing received

  8. Exchangenoun

    to part with for a substitute; to lay aside, quit, or resign (something being received in place of the thing parted with); as, to exchange a palace for cell

  9. Exchangenoun

    to give and receive reciprocally, as things of the same kind; to barter; to swap; as, to exchange horses with a neighbor; to exchange houses or hats

  10. Exchangeverb

    to be changed or received in exchange for; to pass in exchange; as, dollar exchanges for ten dimes

  11. Etymology: [OE. eschange, eschaunge, OF. eschange, fr. eschangier, F. changer, to exchange; pref. ex- out + F. changer. See Change, and cf. Excamb.]


  1. Exchange

    Exchange is an unincorporated community in Green Township, Morgan County, Indiana.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exchange

    eks-chānj′, v.t. to give or leave one place or thing for another: to give and take mutually: to barter.—n. the giving and taking one thing for another: barter: the thing exchanged: process by which accounts between distant parties are settled by bills instead of money: the difference between the value of money in different places: the building where merchants, &c., meet for business.—n. Exchangeabil′ity.—adj. Exchange′able, that may be exchanged.—n. Exchan′ger, one who exchanges or practises exchange: (B.) a money-changer, a banker. [O. Fr. eschangier (Fr. échanger)—Low L. excambiāre—L. ex, out, cambīre, to barter.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. exchange

    A term in the mercantile world, to denote the bills by which remittances are made from one country to another, without the transmission of money. The removal of officers from one ship to another. Also, a mutual agreement between contending powers for exchange of prisoners.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. exchange

    The act of two officers changing regiments, battalions, or batteries. The mutual giving up of an equal number of prisoners by hostile states or armies. In this sort of exchange an officer, according to his rank, is reckoned as equal to a certain number of men or of officers of a lower grade than his own.

Editors Contribution

  1. exchange

    An accurate equivalent.

    The bank clerk did exchange the euros for yen at the foreign exchange desk.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

  2. exchange

    To give and receive.

    They did exchange telephone numbers and knew they are friends for life.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exchange' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1207

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exchange' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3127

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exchange' in Nouns Frequency: #495

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exchange' in Verbs Frequency: #729

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exchange in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exchange in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of exchange in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

  2. President Barack Obama on Monday:

    If you look at the law, if you look at the testimony of those who are involved in the law, including some of the opponents of the law, the understanding was that people who joined a federal exchange were going to be able to access tax credits just like if they went through a state exchange.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

  4. Wednesday Weale:

    The exchange rate rose by 2.5 percent in February and I am starting to wonder whether a rising exchange rate might be the next of these shocks.

  5. Todd Rosenbluth:

    Based on the names and country profiles, it should seem they are offering you the same exposure, but they track different indices, their country exposure is going to be different, and that exposure difference helps explain why they perform differently. So far, the discrepancy has helped The Vanguard fund, Todd Rosenbluth said, although both funds have taken a hit since the end of June, when the Shanghai Composite Index. SSEC started falling. Since then, The Vanguard fund has lost 11.65 percent, while the iShares fund has fallen 12.45 percent. Year to date, The Vanguard fund is down 6.97 percent, and the iShares fund is down 8.89 percent. Chinese shares have been falling on fears that the nation's economy may slow well beyond the 7 percent growth rate that analysts had earlier suggested would be a bottom for that market. China has moved to weaken its currency to bolster its economy and share prices. The difference between the two funds is expected to widen because the two different indexes they follow will be treating Chinese stocks differently. Financial Times Stock Exchange, the Financial Times Stock Exchange, plans to begin adding onshore Chinese equities, known as A-shares, to Financial Times Stock Exchange broad emerging markets indexes, which Vanguard follows. The Vanguard benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Index, now has approximately 26 percent exposure to China, according to the mutual fund company. In June, Vanguard said it would begin shifting to a new Financial Times Stock Exchange index later this year. The new index will have a 29 percent exposure to China, including a 5.6 percent exposure to A-shares. MSCI Inc( MSCI.N), however, said in June that it was not ready to include the A-shares in its two emerging market indexes.

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Translations for exchange

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  • صرف, تبديل, تبادلArabic
  • разменям, борса, размяна, сменям, смянаBulgarian
  • intercanvi, intercanviarCatalan, Valencian
  • výměna, vyměnit, burzaCzech
  • udvekslingDanish
  • Austausch, tauschen, Tausch, umtauschenGerman
  • interŝanĝo, interŝanĝiEsperanto
  • cambiar, intercambio, canjear, intercambiarSpanish
  • vaihtaminen, vaihto, vaihtaa, pörssi, vaihtokauppaFinnish
  • échanger, troc, troquer, échange, bourseFrench
  • malairtIrish
  • अदला बदलीHindi
  • elcserél, tőzsde, cserél, felvált, váltás, vált, csere, kicserélHungarian
  • փոխանակություն, փոխանակել, փոխանակում, բորսաArmenian
  • scambio, cambio, scambiare, cambiareItalian
  • 為替, 交換, 両替, 取り替えJapanese
  • 외환, 交換, 교환, 外換Korean
  • immuto, cambiō, muto, commutationemLatin
  • echangéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • keitimas, apsikeitimas, birža, mainasLithuanian
  • birža, apmaiņa, maiņaLatvian
  • kurutete, hokohoko, whakakapi, whakawhiti, hokoMāori
  • omruilen, wisselen, beurs, ruilen, uitwisseling, handelenDutch
  • wymieniać, zamieniać, wymiana, giełda, wymieniać sięPolish
  • negociar, bolsa, cambiar, casa de câmbio, trocar, trocaPortuguese
  • scumgear, s-chamgiar, scumiar, stgamger, s-chamger, stgamiarRomansh
  • troc, schimb, schimbaRomanian
  • биржа, обменяться, обмениваться, заменить, обмен, заменятьRussian
  • rȃzmjena, bȕrza, razmijénitiSerbo-Croatian
  • zamenjatiSlovene
  • shkëmbejAlbanian
  • byteshandel, byteSwedish
  • ubadilishajiSwahili
  • பரிமாற்றம்Tamil
  • borsaTurkish

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