exchange Definition

  • 1an act of giving one thing and receiving another (especially of the same type or value) in return
  • 2a conversation or discussion between people
  • 3a place where securities or commodities are bought and sold

Using exchange: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exchange" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'd like to exchange this shirt for a smaller size.

  • Example

    We had an exchange of ideas about the project.

  • Example

    The stock exchange is closed today due to a holiday.

exchange Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using exchange

  • to fight or argue with someone


    The two boxers exchanged blows in the ring.

  • exchange pleasantries

    to engage in polite conversation with someone


    As they entered the party, they exchanged pleasantries with the host.

  • to have an argument or disagreement with someone


    The two coworkers exchanged words over a misunderstanding.

Phrases with exchange

  • the process of sharing ideas, beliefs, and customs between different cultures


    The school organized a cultural exchange program with a school in Japan.

  • the value of one currency for the purpose of conversion to another


    The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Euro is constantly fluctuating.

  • a program in which students from one school or country study abroad at another school or country


    She participated in a student exchange program and spent a semester studying in France.

Origins of exchange

from Old French 'eschange', from Latin 'excambiare', meaning 'to exchange'


Summary: exchange in Brief

The term 'exchange' [ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ] refers to the act of giving and receiving something of the same type or value, as well as to conversations or discussions between people. It also denotes a place where securities or commodities are bought and sold, such as the stock exchange. Phrases like 'cultural exchange' and 'student exchange' refer to programs that facilitate the sharing of ideas and customs between different cultures. Idioms like 'exchange blows' and 'exchange words' denote fighting or arguing, while 'exchange pleasantries' refers to polite conversation.

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