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foreign exchange

commercial paper drawn on a person or corporation in a foreign nation.
the process of balancing accounts in commercial transactions between business organizations of different nations.
Origin of foreign exchange
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the case of a currency loan the borrower knows nothing about the foreign exchange transaction.

  • Each nation has a bureau of foreign exchange, which manages its trading.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • For balance-of-payments reasons, Japan closely controls its receipts and expenditures of foreign exchange.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • Lastly, what is the effect upon international commerce of the constant play of the Par of foreign exchange.

    Principles of Political Economy Arthur Latham Perry
  • It is quite in order that we should follow lessons on the clearing-house and commercial drafts with a lesson on foreign exchange.

  • To effect this purpose, large means were necessary, and to procure these, resort was had to the sale of foreign exchange.

  • Freights and insurance are responsible for a fourth important source of demand for foreign exchange.

  • Foreign trade and foreign exchange in Egypt are under official control.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • Commonly, the holder of a note of the Austro-Hungarian Bank does not ask for it to be redeemed in gold, but in foreign exchange.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for foreign exchange

foreign exchange

the system by which one currency is converted into another, enabling international transactions to take place without the physical transportation of gold
foreign bills and currencies
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foreign exchange in Culture

foreign exchange definition

The ways in which debts between two nations that use different currencies are paid. Foreign exchange rates can have an important effect on a nation's economy, because the value of its currency in other countries affects the cost of both imported and exported goods and services. (See balance of payments.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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