(noun, verb)


1. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

Definition categories: phenomenon

2. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

- they had a bitter exchange

Definition categories: communication, conversation

3. the act of changing one thing for another thing

- Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience

Similar word(s): interchange

Definition categories: act

4. the act of giving something in return for something received

- deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable

Definition categories: act, dealing, dealings, transaction

5. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

Similar word(s): central

Definition categories: man–made, work, workplace

6. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

Definition categories: man–made, work, workplace

7. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

Similar word(s): rally

Definition categories: act

8. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

Similar word(s): interchange

Definition categories: act, commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

9. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:

Similar word(s): commutation, substitution

Definition categories: act, change

10. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

- black lost the exchange

Definition categories: act, capture

11. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

- the endgame began after the exchange of queens

Definition categories: act, capture

Sentences with exchange as a noun:

- All in all, it was an even exchange.

- an exchange of cattle for grain

- The stock exchange is open for trading.

- The 555 exchange is reserved for use by the phone company, which is why it's often used in films.

- NPA-NXX-1234 is standard format, where NPA is the area code and NXX is the exchange.

- After an exchange with the manager, we were no wiser.


1. give to, and receive from, one another

- We have been exchanging letters for a year

Similar word(s): change, interchange

Definition categories: possession, transfer

2. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

Similar word(s): change, commute, convert

Definition categories: change, replace

3. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

Similar word(s): switch

Definition categories: change, reverse, turn

4. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

- exchange prisoners

- exchange employees between branches of the company

Definition categories: social, reassign, transfer

5. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

Similar word(s): interchange, replace, substitute

Definition categories: possession, alter, change, modify

6. exchange a penalty for a less severe one

Similar word(s): commute, convert

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with exchange as a verb:

- I'll gladly exchange my place for yours.

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

- Since his arrest, the mob boss has exchanged a mansion for a jail cell.