Meaning of EXCHANGE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪkstʃeɪndʒ ]

( exchanges, exchanging, exchanged)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If two or more people exchange things of a particular kind, they give them to each other at the same time.

We exchanged addresses and Christmas cards...

He exchanged a quick smile with her then entered the lift.

V-RECIP : pl-n V , V n with n

Exchange is also a noun.

He ruled out any exchange of prisoners with the militants.

...a frank exchange of views.

N-COUNT : oft N of pl-n


If you exchange something, you replace it with a different thing, especially something that is better or more satisfactory.

...the chance to sell back or exchange goods...

If the car you have leased is clearly unsatisfactory, you can always exchange it for another.

VERB : V n , V n for n


An exchange is a brief conversation, usually an angry one. ( FORMAL )

There’ve been some bitter exchanges between the two groups.



An exchange of fire, for example, is an incident in which people use guns or missiles against each other.

There was an exchange of fire during which the gunman was wounded...

N-COUNT : oft N of n


An exchange is an arrangement in which people from two different countries visit each other’s country, to strengthen links between them.

...a series of sporting and cultural exchanges with Seoul...

I’m going to go on an exchange visit to Paris.

N-COUNT : usu adj N


The exchange is the same as the telephone exchange .

N-COUNT : usu the N


see also corn exchange , foreign exchange , stock exchange


If you do or give something in exchange for something else, you do it or give it in order to get that thing.

It is illegal for public officials to solicit gifts or money in exchange for favors...

PHRASE : usu PHR for n , PHR with cl

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