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verb [transitive] exchange pronunciation in British English /ɪksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
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present tense
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 one another.
    exchange something for something: The tokens can be exchanged for goods in any of our shops.
  2. 4
    to say something to someone and then listen to what they say
    We all exchanged greetings.
    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.
      to look at someone who is looking at you
      They exchanged some puzzled glances.
      I shook hands and exchanged smiles with Mr Wren.
    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.


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