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[in-ter-cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
(of two things) capable of being put or used in the place of each other:
interchangeable symbols.
(of one thing) capable of replacing or changing places with something else:
an interchangeable part.
Origin of interchangeable
late Middle English
1400-50; interchange + -able; replacing late Middle English entrechaungeable < Middle French entrechangeable
Related forms
interchangeability, interchangeableness, noun
interchangeably, adverb
noninterchangeability, noun
noninterchangeable, adjective
noninterchangeableness, noun
noninterchangeably, adverb
uninterchangeable, adjective
2. See exchangeable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The relationship of nutmeg and mace makes it easy to use them interchangeably.
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  • Some make the error of using several of those terms interchangeably, where a clear distinction exists.
  • In reality, the term is used interchangeably to refer to both the city and the lake.
  • Both rating systems, star and diamond, are used interchangeably in the lodging industry to rank hotels.
  • The terms cavern and cave are often used interchangeably and sometimes incorrectly.
  • Wheat and corn are used interchangeably as feed for cows and poultry.
  • It is possible that the captain you spoke with was using the terms interchangeably.
  • When referring to tropical weather systems, the words cyclone, typhoon and hurricane can often be used interchangeably.
Word Origin and History for interchangeably



late 14c. (implied in interchangeably), from inter- + changeable. Related: Interchangeability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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