Definition of "exchange" []

  • To give in return for something received; trade: exchange dollars for francs; exchanging labor for room and board. (verb-transitive)
  • To give and receive reciprocally; interchange: exchange gifts; exchange ideas. (verb-transitive)
  • To give up for a substitute: exchange a position in the private sector for a post in government. (verb-transitive)
  • To turn in for replacement: exchange defective merchandise at a store. (verb-transitive)
  • To give something in return for something received; make an exchange. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give up, part with, or transfer (one thing) for an equivalent (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give and receive (information, ideas, etc); interchange (verb)
  • To replace (one thing) with another, esp to replace unsatisfactory goods (verb)
  • To transfer or hand over (goods) in return for the equivalent value in kind rather than in money; barter; trade (verb)
  • To capture and surrender (pieces, usually of the same value) in a single sequence of moves (verb)
  • The act or process of exchanging (noun)
  • Anything given or received as an equivalent, replacement, or substitute for something else (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • An argument or quarrel; altercation (noun)
  • A switching centre in which telephone lines are interconnected (noun)
  • A place where securities or commodities are sold, bought, or traded, esp by brokers or merchants (noun)
  • The system by which commercial debts between parties in different places are settled by commercial documents, esp bills of exchange, instead of by direct payment of money (noun)
  • The percentage or fee charged for accepting payment in this manner (noun)
  • A transfer or interchange of sums of money of equivalent value, as between different national currencies or different issues of the same currency (noun)
  • The cheques, drafts, bills, etc, exchanged or settled between banks in a clearing house (noun)
  • The capture by both players of pieces of equal value, usually on consecutive moves (noun)
  • A process in which a particle is transferred between two nucleons, such as the transfer of a meson between two nucleons (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "exchange" in a sentence
  • "An important part of the growing global integration of the early modern era was the exchange of many new goods and products both interregionally and globally (called the “Columbian exchange”)."
  • "You are correct that consensual sex without first demanding a slab of juicy mastodon meat in exchange is a happier assumption."
  • "It takes practice and forethought to find a relaxed way to communicate all necessary information while maintaining one's seductive edge; the phrase "exchange of bodily fluids" is probably best avoided."