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[v. in-ter-cheynj; n. in-ter-cheynj] /v. ˌɪn tərˈtʃeɪndʒ; n. ˈɪn tərˌtʃeɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), interchanged, interchanging.
to put each in the place of the other:
to interchange pieces of modular furniture.
to cause (one thing) to change places with another; transpose.
to give and receive (things) reciprocally; exchange:
The twins interchanged clothes frequently.
to cause to follow one another alternately; alternate:
to interchange business cares with pleasures.
verb (used without object), interchanged, interchanging.
to occur by turns or in succession; alternate.
to change places, as two persons or things, or as one with another.
an act or instance of interchanging; reciprocal exchange:
the interchange of commodities.
a changing of places, as between two persons or things, or of one with another.
alternation; alternate succession.
a highway intersection consisting of a system of several different road levels arranged so that vehicles may move from one road to another without crossing the streams of traffic.
Origin of interchange
1325-75; inter- + change; replacing Middle English entrechaungen < Middle French entrechangier
Related forms
interchanger, noun
preinterchange, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interchange
  • There is a balance between the human drama and the world around it, and that interchange is so beautifully done.
  • After the interchange of several letters my father finally capitulated, although he said it went sorely against his conscience.
  • First of all, settlement is not really relevant for genetic interchange.
  • Their separation from each other is too big for an interchange of matter.
  • That's all you need to establish a viable colony and allow for reasonable interchange of people and commerce.
  • Today this small human interchange would probably be welcomed.
  • There had long been an interchange of material between the two species.
  • Frequent also is the call to the dance, question and answer and rustic interchange of satire.
  • For nothing is really more delightful than a return of affection, and the mutual interchange of kind feeling and good offices.
  • The interchange was also facilitated by the habit of indicating a word's function or construction by its position in the sentence.
British Dictionary definitions for interchange


verb (ˌɪntəˈtʃeɪndʒ)
to change places or cause to change places; alternate; exchange; switch
noun (ˈɪntəˌtʃeɪndʒ)
the act of interchanging; exchange or alternation
a motorway junction of interconnecting roads and bridges designed to prevent streams of traffic crossing one another
Derived Forms
interchangeable, adjective
interchangeability, interchangeableness, noun
interchangeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interchange

late 14c., from Old French entrechangier, from entre- (see inter-) + changier "to change" (see change (v.)). Related: Interchanged; interchanging.


1540s, "act of exchange, from Old French entrechange, from entrechangier (see interchange (v.)). In reference to a type of road junction, 1944.

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