exchange - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleexchanging
past tenseexchanged
past participleexchanged
  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. 2
    if a shop 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
  3. 3
    to change money from the money of one country to the money of another country
  4. 4
    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.
      to look at someone who is looking at you
    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.