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verb [transitive] exchange pronunciation in American English /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
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present participleexchanging
past tenseexchanged
past participleexchanged
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  1. 1
    to give someone something in return for something that they give you

    We exchanged addresses and promised to write to each other.

    exchange something for something:

    The certificates can be exchanged for goods in any of our stores.

  2. 2
    if a store exchanges something that you bought there, it allows you to change it for something of a similar type or value, for example because it is damaged

    You don’t need a receipt to exchange goods that are faulty.

  3. 3
    to say something to someone and then listen to what they say
    exchange ideas/views/information:

    Team meetings are an opportunity to exchange ideas.

    exchange words:

    They exchanged a few words in what sounded like Spanish.

    1. a.
    2. b.
      to do something to someone who is doing the same thing to you

      They sat on the bench together, sometimes exchanging kisses.

      exchange blows/punches (=fight):

      Blows were exchanged before the two could be pulled apart.

  4. 4
    to change money from the money of one country to the money of another country

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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