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Definitions of exchange

  1. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
  2. give to, and receive from, one another; " Would you change places with me?"; " We have been exchanging letters for a year"
  3. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: " he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help"
  4. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; " Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; " He changed his name"; " convert centimeters into inches"; " convert holdings into shares"
  5. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  6. exchange prisoners, employees, etc.
  7. ( chess) the capture by both players ( usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value; " the endgame began after the exchange of queens"
  8. ( chess) gaining ( or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop; " black lost the exchange"
  9. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries; " he earns his living from the interchange of currency"
  10. the act of changing one thing for another thing; " Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; " there was an exchange of prisoners"
  11. ( tennis or squash) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes; " after a short rally Connors won the point"
  12. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
  13. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
  14. change over, change around, or switch over
  15. ( sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes; " after a short rally Connors won the point"
  16. a mutual expression of views ( especially an unpleasant one); " they had a bitter exchange"
  17. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent; " exchange prisoners"; " exchange employees between branches of the company"
  18. The act of giving or taking one thing in return for another which is regarded as an equivalent; as, an exchange of cattle for grain.
  19. The act of substituting one thing in the place of another; as, an exchange of grief for joy, or of a scepter for a sword, and the like; also, the act of giving and receiving reciprocally; as, an exchange of civilities or views.
  20. The thing given or received in return; esp., a publication exchanged for another.
  21. The process of setting accounts or debts between parties residing at a distance from each other, without the intervention of money, by exchanging orders or drafts, called bills of exchange. These may be drawn in one country and payable in another, in which case they are called foreign bills; or they may be drawn and made payable in the same country, in which case they are called inland bills. The term bill of exchange is often abbreviated into exchange; as, to buy or sell exchange.
  22. A mutual grant of equal interests, the one in consideration of the other. Estates exchanged must be equal in quantity, as fee simple for fee simple.
  23. The place where the merchants, brokers, and bankers of a city meet at certain hours, to transact business. In this sense often contracted to 'Change.
  24. To part with for a substitute; to lay aside, quit, or resign ( something being received in place of the thing parted with); as, to exchange a palace for cell.
  25. To give and receive reciprocally, as things of the same kind; to barter; to swap; as, to exchange horses with a neighbor; to exchange houses or hats.
  26. To be changed or received in exchange for; to pass in exchange; as, dollar exchanges for ten dimes.
  27. To part with give, or transfer to another in consideration of something received as an equivalent; - usually followed by for before the thing received.
  28. To give in return for something; to barter.
  29. To give one thing for another.
  30. The act of giving one thing for another; the act of giving and receiving; the act of resigning one thing for another; a place where special business accounts are settled; as, a stock exchange ( often 'change); a central office.
  31. Exchangeable.
  32. Change.
  33. In comm. to part with, in return for some equivalent; to transfer, for a recompense; to barter; as, he exchanges his goods in foreign countries for gold, the workman exchanges his labor for money; " He has something to exchange with those abroad."- Locke: to lay aside, quit, or resign one thing, state, or condition, and take another in the place of it; to part with for a substitute; as, to exchange a crown for a cowl; to exchange a throne for a cell or a hermitage; to exchange a life of ease for a life of toil; " And death for life exchanged foolishly."- Skak.: to give and receive reciprocally; to give and take; communicate mutually; to interchange; as, to exchange horses, clothes, thoughts, civilities.
  34. To make an exchange: to pass or to be taken as an equivalent: as, a dollar should exchange for ten dimes.
  35. The act of giving one thing or commodity for another; barter; the act of parting with something in return for an equivalent; traffic by interchange of commodities; " Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses." - Gen. xlvii. 17; the act of giving up or resigning one thing or state for another, without contract; as the exchange of a crown for a cloister: the act of giving and receiving reciprocally; as, an exchange of thoughts, an exchange of civilities: the contract by which one commodity is transferred to another for an equivalent commodity: the thing given in return for something received; or the thing received in return for what is given; change; " There's my exchange."- Shak.: among journalists, a newspaper sent to one office in exchange for one received: the process of exchanging one debt or credit for another; or the receiving or paying of money in one place, for an equal sum in another, by order, draft, or bill of exchange: in mercantile lang. a bill drawn for money; a bill of exchange: in law, a mutual grant of equal interests, the one in consideration of the other: the place where the merchants, brokers, and bankers of a city meet to transact business, at certain hours, often contracted into 'Change; " As he does in the market and exchange, who sells several things."- Locke: in arith. a rule the object of which is to find how much of the money of one country is equivalent to a given sum of the money of another; all the calculations in exchange may be performed by the rule of proportion; and the work may often be abbreviated by the method of aliquot parts.
  36. EXCHANGEABILITY.
  37. Act of exchanging; barter; difference in the value of currencies; place where merchants meet.
  38. To give or leave for something else; to barter.
  39. To part with in return for something else; barter; interchange.
  40. To be given or received in exchange; make an exchange.
  41. The act of exchanging or that which is exchanged; barter; trade.
  42. Any transfer. of value, as by credits, drafts, etc., or the rate at which it is effected.
  43. A place where merchants effect exchanges.
  44. A central telephone - office.
  45. The act of exchanging, in which the thing received is supposed to be equivalent to the thing given; the act of giving up or resigning one thing or state for another without contract; the act of giving and receiving reciprocally; the contract of exchange; the thing given or the thing received in exchange; the form of exchanging one debt or credit for another, or settling by order, draft, or bill of exchange; the place where the merchants, brokers, and bankers of a city meet to transact business at certain hours. The course of exchange; the current price between two places, which is above or below par, or at par. Arbitration of Exchange, the calculation of the profit of exchanges at different places. Bill of Exchange, a written order directing one party to pay a sum of money to another.
  46. To barter or give one thing or commodity for another; to lay aside, quit, or resign one things, state, or condition, for another; to give and receive reciprocally; interchange.
  47. To pass by exchange.
  48. To give one thing for another; to barter; to resign or lay aside one state or condition and take another instead of it; to give and receive the like thing.
  49. The act of giving one thing or commodity for another; barter; the act of giving up one condition or state for another; the difference in value of money in different countries; a place where merchants meet- in this sense often written change; a rule in arithmetic.
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Quotes of exchange

  1. The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms. – Christopher Dawson
  2. Or heritage and ideals, our code and standards- the things we live by and teach our children- are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. – Walt Disney
  3. Although economists have studied the sensitivity of import and export volumes to changes in the exchange rate, there is still much uncertainty about just how much the dollar must change to bring about any given reduction in our trade deficit. – Martin Feldstein
  4. In fact, the recent increase in intra -firm trading enables businesses to shift their activities across borders smoothly, thereby strengthening the response of economic activity to exchange rate movements in the long run. – Toshihiko Fukui
  5. Exchange of breeding individuals between two populations tends to homogenize their gene pools. – Peter R. Grant
  6. The process of speciation is completed with the cessation of genetic exchange – Peter R. Grant
  7. Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals. – Harry Hay
  8. You know a lot of what worked on this was taken from Harry Potter 2, the little Doby character, we had a lot of our skin stuff worked out and that helped a lot. We have a lot of exchange happening. – Dennis Muren
  9. It's clear that people are going to download media files, and they're going to talk to each other, and they're going to exchange information and knowledge and so forth. So this system logic is basically what you bounce off of. – Michael Nesmith
  10. In fact, it struck me when we invaded last year that if we did it without European and East Asian support, we were risking losing our alliance in Europe in exchange for Iraq, and that is a very undesirable exchange – William Odom
  11. Exchange ideas frequently. – James Cash Penney
  12. Our intelligence community needs better coordination of operations and exchange of information, and that's why we need an overall director of national intelligence and a national counterterrorism center. – Jim Ramstad
  13. Could you let me have the 3 weeks due to me now and if I work again before August I must of course repay you at the rate of exchange you let me have it at now if you kindly will. – Basil Rathbone
  14. Gold, on the contrary, though of little use compared with air or water, will exchange for a great quantity of other goods. – David Ricardo
  15. I gave up a lot of things in exchange for my success. – Billy Sheehan

Usage examples for exchange

  1. " Oh, yes," says I. " Just back of the Exchange – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  2. " You must make an exchange Allister, my man. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  3. Pray let us send for them and exchange them for you. – Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock
  4. A sorry exchange I suppose you would call it? – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  5. I at once offered to exchange apartments with her. – The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
  6. The third, to the manner of bringing them to the ships, their value, the medium of exchange and other circumstances. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  7. Or what will they give in exchange for their souls? – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  8. Before the stir which this produced had died away, Flatray flashed a question: " In exchange for my life?" – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  9. Much ashamed, Hildegarde stood still to look about her, and found herself at the very door of the Exchange – Hildegarde's Harvest by Laura E. Richards
  10. Nolly and Jack Rodney exchange covert glances. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  11. So she had seen the exchange of money and she had heard. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  12. I think till then about rate of exchange and talk with your Colonel. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. In exchange for her life! – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  14. I shall get leave or exchange – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. Prime Suspect wasn't calling from a country exchange – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  16. Again there was an exchange – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  17. She ran to the window and looked down the street toward the clock on the Royal Exchange – The Panchronicon by Harold Steele Mackaye
  18. Guerchard went to the telephone and told the exchange to put him through to Charmerace. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  19. But this proved a bad exchange – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. In exchange he gave me a Portebonheur with his picture and a few sweet words. – Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess by Henry W. Fischer

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