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English noun: exchange

1. exchange (phenomenon) chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

Broader (hypernym)chemical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)photochemical exchange

2. exchange (communication) a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

SamplesThey had a bitter exchange.

Broader (hypernym)conversation

3. exchange (act) the act of changing one thing for another thing

SamplesAdam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience.
There was an interchange of prisoners.


Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)trade-off, tradeoff

4. exchange (act) the act of giving something in return for something received

SamplesDeductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable.

Broader (hypernym)dealing, dealings, transaction

Narrower (hyponym)logrolling

5. exchange (artifact) a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

Synonymscentral, telephone exchange

Broader (hypernym)work, workplace

Narrower (hyponym)centrex, patchboard, plugboard, switchboard

Part meronymphone system, telephone system

6. exchange (artifact) a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

Broader (hypernym)work, workplace

Narrower (hyponym)commodities exchange, commodities market, commodity exchange, corn exchange, securities market, stock exchange, stock market

Part holonymfloor, trading floor

7. exchange (act) (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

SamplesAfter a short rally Connors won the point.


Broader (hypernym)group action

Domain categorybadminton, lawn tennis, Ping-Pong, squash, squash rackets, squash racquets, table tennis, tennis

8. exchange (act) reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

SamplesHe earns his living from the interchange of currency.


Broader (hypernym)commerce, commercialism, mercantilism

Narrower (hyponym)barter, conversion, foreign exchange, swap, swop, trade

9. exchange (act) the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:

SamplesHe sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help.

Synonymscommutation, substitution

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)ablactation, replacement, replacing, subrogation, weaning

10. exchange (act) (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

SamplesBlack lost the exchange.

Broader (hypernym)capture

Domain categorychess, chess game

11. exchange (act) (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

SamplesThe endgame began after the exchange of queens.

Broader (hypernym)capture

Domain categorychess, chess game

English verb: exchange

1. exchange (possession) give to, and receive from, one another

SamplesWould you change places with me?.
We have been exchanging letters for a year.

ExamplesThey exchange the goods

Synonymschange, interchange

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)transfer

Narrower (hyponym)barter, cash, cash in, fill in, ransom, redeem, redeem, sell, stand in, sub, substitute, swap, switch, swop, trade, trade, trade in

2. exchange (change) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

SamplesCould you convert my dollars into pounds?.
He changed his name.
Convert centimeters into inches.
Convert holdings into shares.

Synonymschange, commute, convert

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)replace

Narrower (hyponym)break, capitalise, capitalize, launder, rectify, utilize

Verb groupchange, shift, switch

3. exchange (change) change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

Synonymsswitch, switch over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

4. exchange (social) hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

SamplesExchange prisoners.
Exchange employees between branches of the company.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)reassign, transfer

Narrower (hyponym)alternate

5. exchange (possession) put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

SamplesThe con artist replaced the original with a fake Rembrandt.
Substitute regular milk with fat-free milk.
Synonyms can be interchanged without a changing the context's meaning.

Synonymsinterchange, replace, substitute

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)reduce, retool, shift, subrogate, truncate

6. exchange (change) exchange a penalty for a less severe one

Synonymscommute, convert

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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