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exchange meaning and definition

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Definition of exchange (noun)

  1. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
  2. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    • "they had a bitter exchange"
  3. the act of changing one thing for another thing
    • "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; "there was an interchange of prisoners"
    • synonyms: interchange
  4. the act of giving something in return for something received
    • "deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable"
  5. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
  6. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
  7. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
    • "after a short rally Connors won the point"
    • synonyms: rally
  8. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
    • "he earns his living from the interchange of currency"
    • synonyms: interchange
  9. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another
  10. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop
    • "black lost the exchange"
  11. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value
    • "the endgame began after the exchange of queens"


Definition of exchange (verb)

  1. give to, and receive from, one another
    • "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year"
    • synonyms: change, interchange
  2. 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"
    • synonyms: change, commute, convert
  3. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
  4. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    • "exchange prisoners"; "exchange employees between branches of the company"
  5. 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"
    • synonyms: interchange, replace, substitute
  6. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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