verb (used with object), ex·changed, ex·chang·ing.

verb (used without object), ex·changed, ex·chang·ing.

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.


Origin of exchange

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English eschaungen < Anglo-French eschaungier < Vulgar Latin *excambiāre (see ex-1, change); (noun) Middle English eschaunge < Anglo-French (Old French eschange), derivative of eschaungier; modern spelling with ex- on the model of ex-1
Related formsex·chang·er, nounpre·ex·change, verb (used with object), pre·ex·changed, pre·ex·chang··ex·change, verb, re·ex·changed, re·ex·chang·ing.un·ex·changed, adjective

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(tr) to give up, part with, or transfer (one thing) for an equivalentto exchange gifts; to exchange francs for dollars
(tr) to give and receive (information, ideas, etc); interchange
(tr) 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
(tr) chess to capture and surrender (pieces, usually of the same value) in a single sequence of moves


the act or process of exchanging
  1. anything given or received as an equivalent, replacement, or substitute for something else
  2. (as modifier)an exchange student
an argument or quarrel; altercationthe two men had a bitter exchange
Also called: telephone exchange a switching centre in which telephone lines are interconnected
  1. a place where securities or commodities are sold, bought, or traded, esp by brokers or merchantsa stock exchange; a corn exchange
  2. (as modifier)an exchange broker
  1. 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
  2. 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
chess the capture by both players of pieces of equal value, usually on consecutive moves
lose the exchange chess to lose a rook in return for a bishop or knight
win the exchange chess to win a rook in return for a bishop or knight
med another word for transfusion (def. 2)
physics a process in which a particle is transferred between two nucleons, such as the transfer of a meson between two nucleons
Derived Formsexchangeable, adjectiveexchangeability, nounexchangeably, adverb

Word Origin for exchange

C14: from Anglo-French eschaungier, from Vulgar Latin excambiāre (unattested), from Latin cambīre to barter
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Word Origin and History for exchange

late 14c., "act of reciprocal giving and receiving," from Anglo-French eschaunge, Old French eschange (Modern French échange), from Late Latin excambium, from excambiare, from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + cambire "barter" (see change). Practice of merchants or lenders meeting to exchange bills of debt led to meaning "building for mercantile business" (1580s).


late 15c., from Old French eschangier "exchange, barter," from Vulgar Latin *excambiare (source of Italian scambiare); see exchange (n.). Related: Exchanged; exchanging.

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exchange in Medicine




To substitute one thing for another.


The act of substituting one thing for another.
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Idioms and Phrases with exchange


see in exchange.

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