American English

Definition of exchange verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exchange
    he / she / it exchanges
    past simple exchanged
    -ing form exchanging
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    give and receive
  1. 1to give something to someone and at the same time receive the same type of thing from them exchange something to exchange ideas/news/information Juliet and David exchanged glances (= they looked at each other). Everyone in the group exchanged e-mail addresses. The two men exchanged blows (= hit each other). I heard them exchange words (= argue). exchange something with somebody I shook hands and exchanged a few words with the manager.
  2. money/goods
  3. 2to give or return something that you have and get something different or better instead exchange something If it doesn't fit, take it back and the store will exchange it. exchange A for B You can exchange your currency for dollars in the hotel.
  4. Idioms
    have/exchange words (with somebody) (about something)
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    to have an argument with someone We've had words. Words were exchanged.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: exchange