WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•change /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/USA pronunciation
v., -changed, -chang•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to give up (something) for something else: [~ + object]I went back to the store and exchanged the defective radio.[~ + object + for + object]I exchanged the radio for a new one.
- to give and receive reciprocally;
interchange:[~ + object]We exchange gifts on the holiday.
- to transfer for money;
buy and sell;
trade:[~ + object]exchanged our dollars for French francs.
ex•chang•er, n. [countable]
- the act, process, or an instance of exchanging: [countable]an exchange of prisoners.[uncountable; in + ~]The trapper got some coffee, flour, and gunpowder in exchange for his furs.
- something given or received as a replacement or substitution for something else:[countable]The car was a fair exchange.
- a place for buying and selling goods, commodities, securities, etc.:[countable]a stock exchange.
- a central office or central station:[countable]a telephone exchange.
- Business the transfer of equivalent sums of money, as in the currencies of two different countries:[countable]We made an exchange of our dollars for Russian rubles.
(iks chānj′),USA pronunciation v., -changed, -chang•ing, n. v.t.
- to give up (something) for something else;
part with for some equivalent;
change for another.
- to replace (returned merchandise) with an equivalent or something else:Most stores will allow the purchaser to exchange goods.
- to give and receive reciprocally;
interchange:to exchange blows; to exchange gifts.
- to part with in return for some equivalent;
transfer for a recompense;
barter:to exchange goods with foreign countries.
- Chessto capture (an enemy piece) in return for a capture by the opponent generally of pieces of equal value.
- to make an exchange;
engage in bartering, replacing, or substituting one thing for another.
- to pass or be taken in exchange or as an equivalent.
- the act, process, or an instance of exchanging:The contesting nations arranged for an exchange of prisoners; money in exchange for services.
- something that is given or received in exchange or substitution for something else:The car was a fair exchange.
- a place for buying and selling commodities, securities, etc., typically open only to members.
- a central office or central station:a telephone exchange.
- Businessthe method or system by which debits and credits in different places are settled without the actual transfer of money, by means of bills of exchange representing money values.
- Businessthe discharge of obligations in different places by the transfer of credits.
- Businessthe amount or percentage charged for exchanging money, collecting a draft, etc.
- Businessthe reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money, as in the currencies of two different countries.
- Businessthe giving or receiving of a sum of money in one place for a bill ordering the payment of an equivalent sum in another.
- BusinessSee exchange rate.
- Businessthe amount of the difference in value between two or more currencies, or between the values of the same currency at two or more places.
- Businessthe checks, drafts, etc., exchanged at a clearinghouse.
- Chessa reciprocal capture of pieces of equivalent value by opponents in a single series of moves.
- Anglo-French (Old French eschange), derivative of eschaungier; modern spelling, spelled with ex- on the model of ex-1
- Vulgar Latin *excambiāre (see ex-, change); (noun, nominal) Middle English eschaunge
- Anglo-French eschaungier
- (verb, verbal) Middle English eschaungen 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged interchange, commute, barter, trade, swap.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged interchange, trade, traffic, business, commerce, barter.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged market.
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exchange /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/ vb
- (transitive) to give up, part with, or transfer (one thing) for an equivalent: to exchange gifts, to exchange francs for dollars
- (transitive) to give and receive (information, ideas, etc); interchange
- (transitive) to replace (one thing) with another, esp to replace unsatisfactory goods
- to transfer or hand over (goods) in return for the equivalent value in kind rather than in money; barter; trade
- (transitive) to capture and surrender (pieces, usually of the same value) in a single sequence of moves
See also bill of exchange
- the act or process of exchanging
- anything given or received as an equivalent, replacement, or substitute for something else
- (as modifier): an exchange student
- an argument or quarrel; altercation: the two men had a bitter exchange
- Also called: telephone exchange a switching centre in which telephone lines are interconnected
- a place where securities or commodities are sold, bought, or traded, esp by brokers or merchants: a stock exchange, a corn exchange
- (as modifier): an exchange broker
- 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
- the percentage or fee charged for accepting payment in this manner
- a transfer or interchange of sums of money of equivalent value, as between different national currencies or different issues of the same currency
- (often plural) the cheques, drafts, bills, etc, exchanged or settled between banks in a clearing house
- the capture by both players of pieces of equal value, usually on consecutive moves
- lose the exchange ⇒ to lose a rook in return for a bishop or knight
- win the exchange ⇒ to win a rook in return for a bishop or knight
- a process in which a particle is transferred between two nucleons, such as the transfer of a meson between two nucleons
, exchange rate
, labour exchangeEtymology: 14th Century: from Anglo-French eschaungier, from Vulgar Latin excambiāre (unattested), from Latin cambīre to barterexˈchangeable adj exˌchangeaˈbility n exˈchangeably adv
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