What does exchange mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exchange(noun)

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

  2. exchange(noun)

    a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

    "they had a bitter exchange"

  3. exchange, interchange(noun)

    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. exchange(noun)

    the act of giving something in return for something received

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

  5. central, telephone exchange, exchange(noun)

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

  6. exchange(noun)

    a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

  7. rally, exchange(noun)

    (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

    "after a short rally Connors won the point"

  8. exchange, interchange(noun)

    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, commutation(noun)

    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. exchange(noun)

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

    "black lost the exchange"

  11. exchange(verb)

    (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, interchange(verb)

    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, convert(verb)

    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, exchange(verb)

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

  15. exchange(verb)

    hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

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

  16. substitute, replace, interchange, exchange(verb)

    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, exchange(verb)

    exchange a penalty for a less severe one


  1. exchange(n.)

    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

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


  1. exchange(Noun)

    An act of exchanging or trading.

    All in all, it was an even exchange.

  2. exchange(Noun)

    A place for conducting trading.

    The stock exchange is open for trading.

  3. exchange(Noun)

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

  4. exchange(Noun)

    A conversation.

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

  5. exchange(Noun)

    The loss of one piece and associated capture of another

  6. exchange(Verb)

    To trade or barter.

    I'll gladly exchange my place for yours.

  7. exchange(Verb)

    To replace with a similar item.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

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

  4. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(noun)

    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. Exchange(verb)

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

  11. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce exchange?

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How to say exchange in sign language?

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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. Vitaly Stepanov:

    Just one email exchange.

  2. Hans Lammers:

    It is an informal exchange.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We don't target the exchange rate.

  4. Finance Minister Dusan Vujovic:

    They cannot do anything about the exchange rate.

  5. Bernard Berson:

    Obviously the exchange rate flatters the numbers.

Images & Illustrations of exchange

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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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