Exchange - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ|  American pronunciation of the word exchange
Brit.  |ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ|  British pronunciation of the word exchange


- chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
- a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
- the act of changing one thing for another thing(syn: interchange)
- the act of giving something in return for something received
- a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication (syn: central)
- a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
- (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes (syn: rally)

▼ (4)


- give to, and receive from, one another (syn: change, interchange)
- exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category (syn: change, commute, convert)
- change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence (syn: switch)
- hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
- put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items (syn: interchange, replace, substitute)
- exchange a penalty for a less severe one (syn: commute, convert)


We exchanged addresses and promised we'd write each other often.

These coupons can be exchanged for food.

I'd like to exchange this sweater for a smaller one.

There was a brief exchange between the two leaders.

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

Blows were exchanged.

I've offered to paint the kitchen in exchange for a week's accommodation.

Four of my cassettes for your Madonna CD is a fair exchange.

The DJ was fired after a heated exchange (=a very angry conversation) on air with a call-in listener.

The store's policy is not to allow returns or exchanges.

Most capital cities have extensive exchange facilities.

I'm here for one term, on an exchange with Dr. Fisher.

Kate's in New York on an employee exchange so she can get some more training.

We exchange gifts at Christmas.

At the end of the game, players traditionally exchange shirts with each other.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: exchange
he/she/it: exchanges
present participle: exchanging
past tense: exchanged
past participle: exchanged
singular: exchange
plural: exchanges
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