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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun exchange:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb exchange:


The word exchange is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun exchange

What does exchange mean as a name of something?

Exchange is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: exchanges

  1. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
  2. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    • example: they had a bitter exchange
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: conversation = the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
  3. the act of changing one thing for another thing
    • example: Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of exchange: interchange
    • more generic term: group action = action taken by a group of people
    • more specific words: trade-off / tradeoff = an exchange that occurs as a compromise
  4. the act of giving something in return for something received
    • example: deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: dealing / dealings / transaction = the act of transacting within or between groups
    • more specific word: logrolling = act of exchanging favors for mutual gain
  5. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
  6. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
  7. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
  8. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
  9. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of exchange: commutation / substitution
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific words:
      • replacement / replacing = the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another
      • subrogation = the act of substituting of one creditor for another
      • ablactation / weaning = the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal
  10. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop
    • example: black lost the exchange
    • domain: chess / chess game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: capture = the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
  11. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value
    • example: the endgame began after the exchange of queens
    • domain: chess / chess game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: capture = the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board

Alternative definition of the noun exchange


  1. An act of exchanging or trading.
  2. A place for conducting trading.
  3. (telephony, US only?) The fourth through sixth digits of a ten-digit phone number (the first three before the introduction of area codes).
  4. A conversation.
  5. [context: chess] The loss of one piece and associated capture of another
  6. [context: usually with "the"] The loss of a relatively minor piece (typically a bishop or knight) and associated capture of the more advantageous rook

Specialised definition of the noun exchange

Glossary of sports / handball

term for the change of position of two or more players by means of running paths towards or through the opponent's defense, with the intention of gaining a favourable position for a throw on the goal. One differentiates between outside and inside change, depending on whether the change is initiated from the sidelines or from the middle of the playing field. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb exchange

What does exchange mean as a doing word?

Exchange is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: exchanged | exchanging | exchanges

  1. give to, and receive from, one another
  2. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]She exchanged her purchase
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, plural] with [Recipient]Cathay is swapping equity stakes with the U.S. carrier
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 1] for [Theme 2]Gwen exchanged the dress for a shirt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Theme, plural]He swapped between the two
      [Agent - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, plural]Twenty couples exchanged rings
      [Theme, plural] [Verb] [Location]The bells traded places
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Location] with [Theme 2]One bell can swap places with another

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): change, switch, trade.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of exchange: change / commute / convert
    • more generic word: replace = substitute a person or thing for
    • more specific words:
  3. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence
  4. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent
    • examples: exchange prisoners | exchange employees between branches of the company
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: reassign / transfer = transfer somebody to a different position or location of work
    • more specific word: alternate = exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
  5. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of exchange: interchange / replace / substitute
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:
      • shift = move and exchange for another
      • reduce = simplify the form of a mathematical equation of expression by substituting one term for another
      • truncate = replace a corner by a plane
      • retool = provide (a workshop or factory) with new tools
      • subrogate = substitute one creditor for another, as in the case where an insurance company sues the person who caused an accident for the insured
  6. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of exchange: commute / convert
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different

Alternative definition of the verb exchange


  1. [transitive] To trade or barter.
  2. [transitive] To replace with a similar item.


  1. "Exchange" is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Ato Bautista.
  2. "Exchange" is a 2010 short drama film written and directed by Antonello Novellino and Antonio Quintanilla.
  3. "Exchange" a.k.a. "Intercanvi" is a film, directed by Toni Bestard.


  1. "Exchange" is a book written by Paul Magrs.
    • genre: Fiction
    • released in (9 years ago)
    • award: - Carnegie Medal nomination for Paul Magrs
  2. "Exchange" is a book by Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen. Universitatsbibliothek.
  3. "Exchange" is a book by Library Illinois Natural Survey.
  4. "EXCHANGE" is a book by International College for Advanced Buddhist Studies.
  5. "EXCHANGE" is a book by Biblioteka Matice Srpske.

There are many other writings with this title.


  1. "Exchange" a.k.a. "(Exchange)" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Exchange" is a split album by the ska punk band Against All Authority and the punk rock band, The Criminals. It was first released in 1999 on Sub City Records.
  3. "Exchange" is a musical album of The Ramp.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Exchange" is a musical album of Michael Fakesch.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Exchange" is a musical single of Vybz Kartel.
    • released on
  6. "Exchange" is a musical single of The Wall.
    • released in (36 years ago)
  7. "Exchange" is a musical album of Emily Bezar.
    • released on (6 years ago)


Who is Exchange?

Exchange is a Juno Award nominated artist.


  1. Exchange is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "Into the Night", "The Legend of Prince Valiant", "Between Places"
  2. Exchange is a musical group.
    • album: "Sterling"
  3. Exchange is a Juno Awards nominated music group.
    • members:
    • nomination: - nominated to Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year

There are other groups with in their name, like The Cow Exchange, The Foreign Exchange, The Glorious Exchange, The Labor Exchange Band, The American Blues Exchange, Sharon Cheslow & Coterie Exchange.


  1. Exchange is an unincorporated community in Green Township, Morgan County, Indiana.
  2. Exchange a.k.a. Exchange, West Virginia: Exchange is an unincorporated community in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States that has the ZIP code of 26619.

There are other places with in their name, like Coal Exchange, Exchange Place, Stock Exchange, stock-exchange, Design Exchange, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Building, American Stock Exchange, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Shanghai Securities Exchange Building.


  1. Exchange is a mini-album in collaboration with japanese singer ASUKA and japanese musician Akira Yokota.
    • released on
  2. Exchange is a record that shows a completed bartering.
  3. Exchange is a software.
  4. The exchange operated by the organization.

Phrases with Exchange

Phrases starting with the word Exchange:

  1. exchange rate
  2. Exchange Zone
  3. exchange premium

Phrases ending with the word Exchange:

  1. In Exchange
  2. Bet exchange
  3. Bet-Exchange
  4. ion exchange
  5. Key Exchange
  6. corn exchange
  7. Link exchange
  8. post exchange
  9. stock exchange
  10. bill of exchange
  11. foreign exchange
  12. futures exchange
  13. rate of exchange
  14. Language exchange
  15. Means of Exchange
  16. commodity exchange

Other phrase containing the word Exchange:

  1. Ion Exchange Resin

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Exchange

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Google previewFragments of Modernity (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

Theories of Modernity in the Work of Simmel, Kracauer and Benjamin by David Frisby

exchange is a form of socialisation.

Google previewEconomic Analysis of Institutions and Systems (1998)

by S. Pejovich

Exchange is a means by which individuals seek more satisfaction for themselves. The method...

Google previewThe Accountant (1904)

The Stock Exchange is a market for the sale and purchase of stocks and shares. The principal Stock Exchange in the world is that in London, though in practically the same rank are those of such great cities as Xew York (commonly called ...

Google previewTelephones and Telegraphs, 1902 (1906)

A public exchange is a place where wires are interconnected by means of a switchboard for the use of the public generally.

Google previewElectrical Industries, 1902 (1906)

A public exchange is a place where wires are interconnected by means of a switchboard for the use of the public generally.

Google previewPlanning Program for Small Academic Libraries (1980)

An Assisted Self-study Manual by P. Grady Morein

IDEA EXCHANGE The idea exchange is a group approach to identifying opportunities for improving library performance. It is most useful in securing information related to management and service delivery needs, but also can be used to ...

Google previewThe Origins of Language (2008)

Unraveling Evolutionary Forces by Nobuo Masataka

Information exchange is an essential component of the definition of animal communication. In true communication, both sender and receiver benefit from the information exchange (e.g., Marler 1977). Vocal exchange is a characteristic ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

Note: An exchange area often includes the areas served by many different telephone central offices (COs).

See Advanced Project for Information Exchange, automatic answer back code exchange, automatic exchange, automatic message ...

Google previewDictionary of Banking and Finance (2009)

Over 9,000 terms clearly defined by Bloomsbury Publishing

Hong Kong Hungary India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Korea Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lebanon Lithuania Hong Kong Stock Exchange Budapest Stock Exchange National Stock Exchange ...

Google previewDictionary of Finance, Investment and Banking (2016)

by E. Banks

Foreign Exchange (FX) Rate 221 FORCED CONVERSION An act taken by an ISSUER to require the conversion of a CONVERTIBLE BOND into SHARES, taken when the structure of the SECURITY allows for such a step, e.g., as in a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009)

by Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher

The social exchange framework was formally advanced in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the work of the sociologists George Homans and Peter Blau and the work of social psychologists John Thibaut and Harold Kelley. Over the years ...

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Sign language

Sign Language 101: Exchange Names

Quotes about Exchange

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. (George Bernard Shaw)
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Scrabble value of E1X8C3H4A1N1G2E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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