1: chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another
2: a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one); "they had a bitter exchange"
3: the act of changing one thing for another thing; "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; "there was an exchange of prisoners"
4: the act of giving something in return for something received; "deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable"
5: a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication [syn: central, telephone exchange]
6: a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members
7: (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes; "after a short rally Connors won the point" [syn: rally]
8: reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries; "he earns his living from the interchange of currency" [syn: interchange]
9: 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" [syn: substitution, commutation]
10: (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop; "black lost the exchange"
11: (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value; "the endgame began after the exchange of queens"
1: give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year" [syn: change, interchange]
2: 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" [syn: change, commute, convert]
3: change over, change around, or switch over [syn: switch over, switch]
4: hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent; "exchange prisoners"; "exchange employees between branches of the company"
5: exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: commute, convert]
Adjacent words: exceptional | exceptionally | excerpt | excess | excessive | excessively | excessiveness | exchange | exchange premium | exchange rate | exchange transfusion | exchangeability | exchangeable | exchanged | exchanger | exchequer