Meaning of EXCHANGE in English

EXCHANGE

INDEX:

1. to exchange one thing for another

2. when you exchange one thing for another

3. ways of saying what you give or get when you exchange things

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↑ GIVE

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1. to exchange one thing for another

▷ exchange /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/ [transitive verb]

to give something to someone and receive a similar thing from them at the same time :

exchange addresses/telephone numbers

▪ We exchanged addresses and phone numbers.

exchange something for something

▪ Foreign currency can be exchanged for sterling at any bank.

▷ swap /swɒpǁswɑːp/ [intransitive/transitive verb] informal

to exchange something with someone, especially with someone you know well, so that you each get something that you want :

▪ Jacky had the book I wanted, but wasn’t willing to swap.

swap something with somebody

▪ Taylor offered to swap jobs with me.

swap something for something

▪ I’m trying to sell my bike, or swap it for a slightly bigger one.

▷ trade /treɪd/ [intransitive/transitive verb] especially American

to exchange something that you have for something that someone else has :

▪ We liked each other’s clothes, so we traded.

trade something for something

▪ The West is accused of trading weapons for hostages.

I’ll trade you

spoken say this when you want to exchange something

▪ I’ll trade you my baseball for those two cars.

▷ do a swap /ˌduː ə ˈswɒpǁ-ˈswɑːp/ [verb phrase] British

an informal expression: if two people do a swap with each other they exchange things so that they each get what they want :

do a swap with somebody

▪ If you can’t work a particular shift, you can always do a swap with a colleague.

▷ trade in /ˌtreɪd ˈɪn/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to give your old car, washing machine etc to the shop that you are buying a new one from, so that they will let you buy the new one for a slightly lower price :

trade in something

▪ You can get quite good price reductions on new cars if you trade in your old one.

trade something/it/them in

▪ My car was now six years old, so I traded it in and got a newer one.

trade in something for

▪ They traded in their Porsche for a family car.

▷ change British /exchange American /tʃeɪndʒ, ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/ [transitive verb]

to exchange something you have bought or chosen because you have decided you want something different or because there is something wrong with it :

▪ If the trousers are the wrong size you can always change them.

change something for something

▪ Can I exchange this sweater for a black one?

▷ barter /ˈbɑːʳtəʳ/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to exchange something that you have for something that you want or need without giving or taking money for it :

barter something for something

▪ In the local market, meat and vegetables are bartered for electrical goods.

barter with

▪ She had some success in bartering with her guards.

barter [uncountable noun]

▪ In the mountain areas, most of the trade is still done by barter people barter to get what they need .

▷ switch /swɪtʃ/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to exchange something so that two or more things or people change the places that they are in :

▪ He was accused of switching the price labels on goods.

▪ Professor Rigby’s talk may be switched to the main hall.

switch seats/places

▪ We switched seats halfway through the show.

▷ change places /ˌtʃeɪndʒ ˈpleɪsə̇z/ [verb phrase]

to exchange the place you are standing or sitting on with another person :

change places with

▪ Would you mind changing places with me?

▷ change partners /ˌtʃeɪndʒ ˈpɑːʳtneʳz/ [verb phrase]

if a group of people who are dancing change partners, they stop dancing with one person and dance with another person in the group :

▪ We agreed to change partners after a couple of dances.

2. when you exchange one thing for another

▷ exchange /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/ [countable noun usually singular]

when you give something to someone and receive a similar thing from them at the same time :

▪ Sale goods can be brought back to the store for an exchange or store credit.

exchange of

▪ The exchange of prisoners took place on a bridge over the Mekong river.

▪ In any negotiations there must be an honest exchange of information.

▷ interchange /ˈɪntəʳtʃeɪndʒ/ [countable noun usually singular]

the useful exchange of ideas or information between people or organizations, especially when this happens continuously over a long period of time :

interchange of

▪ The conference provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and information.

data/document interchange

the exchange of information by computer

▪ The new program should help solve some of the problems of data interchange between companies with different computer systems.

▷ swap /swɒpǁswɑːp/ especially British /trade /treɪd/ especially American [countable noun usually singular] informal

when you give something to someone and receive a similar thing from them, usually someone you know :

▪ If you are unable to sell your house, it is sometimes possible to arrange a swap.

▪ After a brief discussion we agreed a trade.

3. ways of saying what you give or get when you exchange things

▷ in exchange/in return /ɪn ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ, ɪn rɪˈtɜːʳn/ [adverb]

if you give something or do something in exchange or in return for something else, you give it in order to get something else back :

▪ He is always willing to help people out, without expecting anything in return.

in exchange/in return for

▪ In exchange for giving evidence in court, Jacobs was granted freedom and allowed to leave the country.

▷ for /fəʳ ; strong fɔːʳ/ [preposition]

in exchange for :

give/offer somebody something for something

▪ They gave me £200 for my old car.

▪ She offered me $30 for my bike.

▪ I get £35 for each shift, plus tips.

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