Definition of interchange in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1(of two or more people) exchange (things) with each other.

    ‘superior and subordinates freely interchange ideas and information’
    • ‘Generally it appears that he includes all routes of companies that interchanged freight cars with each other.’
    • ‘We spent a lot of time interchanging information.’
    • ‘Furthermore, all of the rest of us could interchange pedals and feel fine on each other's pedals - just not on his.’
    • ‘Here I send you all some photographs from that battle and I hope someday we can interchange more experiences and information.’
    • ‘They interchange positions so well and their players have forward movement all the time.’
    exchange, trade, swap, change, barter, bandy, reciprocate
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    1. 1.1Put each of (two things) in the other's place.
      ‘the terms are often interchanged’
      • ‘The term is often interchanged with others, like ‘contemporary decorative arts’ or ‘fine art objects.’’
      • ‘The term ‘Thatcherism’ has often been interchanged with a number of other terms.’
      • ‘What you did is called fulling, though the two terms are often interchanged.’
      • ‘The titles of the two books could be interchanged.’
      • ‘I imagine that the two can be interchanged to an extent.’
      • ‘So the two expressions can be interchanged just like in the first law.’
      • ‘Nothing on the original piano is altered, and the piano thus has two keyboards that can be easily interchanged in a couple minutes.’
      • ‘They could perhaps be interchanged in needy times.’
      • ‘We want distinctive literary voices, not ones that can be interchanged at will.’
      • ‘It is like I am interchanging them to fit my need.’
      • ‘By interchanging these parts, a rider can achieve his goal for a right fit.’
      substitute, transpose, exchange, change, switch, swap, swap round, reverse, invert, turn about, turn around, change, change round, move, move around, rearrange, reorder, replace, supplant
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    2. 1.2no object (of a thing) be able to be exchanged with another.
      ‘diesel units will interchange with the gasoline ones’
      • ‘It was a great learning position to see how Scotland worked - how politics interchanged with the Scottish Office and the local councils.’
      • ‘Roles interchanged as the tie extended to the decider.’
      • ‘Units will interchange on the same receiver assembly provided the cartridges are from the same family.’
      • ‘‘We envision BNSF as a high-density mainline network interchanging with a lower density feeder network of short lines operating at low cost with a high level of service,’ says Rickershauser.’
      • ‘Its storylines and characters interchange and interact in an elegant rhythm that leaves little wanting.’
      • ‘He tingled all over, experiencing the feeling of floating in sea with one's eyes on the water-level, when life above water and under water would interchange every second.’
      • ‘The natural lake water interchanges with the pool area water, keeping it clean.’



/ˌin(t)ərˈCHānj/ /ˌɪn(t)ərˈtʃeɪndʒ/


  • 1The action of interchanging things, especially information.

    ‘the interchange of ideas’
    • ‘a free-market interchange of goods and services’
    • ‘His style of working is informal, and one which encourages the free and open interchange of ideas.’
    • ‘The arrival of new members will enrich the EU through increased cultural diversity, interchange of ideas, and better understanding of other peoples.’
    • ‘Given the centrist nature of Auckland University students her group didn't enjoy too much success, but provided for lively interchange of ideas.’
    • ‘Secondly, I am a great believer in the idea of interchange between different sectors, different types of business.’
    • ‘To an increasing degree, the more significant interchanges of ideas and shaping of public consciousness occur in mass and electronic media.’
    • ‘National variations were enhanced when, under the direct effect of the Napoleonic wars, boundaries were closed and the easy international interchange of ideas was inhibited.’
    • ‘It has its advantages; it's sure a good idea for data interchange or for all those little files you need to store settings.’
    • ‘The potential for interchange of ideas and resources is almost unlimited.’
    • ‘This group solidarity and interchange of ideas meant that critics sometimes had difficulty telling one member's work from another's.’
    • ‘He said the exchange program was a great way for both countries to learn from each other through the personal interchange of ideas and experiences.’
    • ‘The medieval and early modern periods were characterised by frequent intellectual interchange, not to mention trade relations between Christendom and the Islamic world, and not just conflict.’
    • ‘Most importantly, the exhibition nowhere asked whether such a vast cultural interchange transformed the basic economic roots of Chinese society.’
    • ‘Oasis is the nonprofit, international consortium that has been providing open solutions for electronic data interchange since 1993.’
    • ‘The interchange between members of our staff and congressional staff and members has been effective.’
    • ‘Electronic data interchange lets suppliers and customers communicate directly electronically.’
    • ‘The Rose Crossing draws its name from a 1994 allegorical novel of the same name by Australian Nicholas Jose, which tells of cultural and botanical interchange on an island in the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘This mixture of research interests created an intense interchange of views and opinions.’
    • ‘The points looked safe following a nice interchange of passes between Taylor and Donaldson which culminated in the latter laying the ball into the path of the oncoming Jones whose low straight drive made it 4-1.’
    • ‘Another series of interchanges between the backs and forwards led to Teague notching his second try, again far out in the corner.’
    • ‘A fifth official has been needed this season to help check on substitutions, given that each team is now allowed up to 12 interchanges.’
    exchange, trading, trade, swap, swapping, barter, bandying, give and take, traffic, trafficking, reciprocation, reciprocity
    substitution, transposition, exchange, switch, switching, swap, swapping, reversal, inversion, change, rearrangement, reordering, replacement, replacing
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    1. 1.1An exchange of words.
      ‘listening in shock to this venomous interchange’
      • ‘It's a subtle interchange and exchange that happens between patient and doctor.’
      • ‘A brief interchange of words resulted in the unanimous decision to escape as soon as possible.’
      • ‘It is also about a certain type of urban society, a society of exchanges and interchanges.’
      • ‘Their quick-fire, stichomythic interchanges are particularly funny.’
      • ‘But for the moment I just want to discuss an interchange which another of the members of the panel had with one of the questioners.’
      • ‘It is more of an interchange, a consultation, and it continues surging widely.’
      • ‘The social scientist analyzes the interchanges of the disputants from the standpoint that there is a correct position and an incorrect one.’
      • ‘I trace the origin of the arts to a source almost the opposite of male competition and display - that is, to the early communicative interchanges between mothers and infants.’
      • ‘Detachment seems I must say an odd emotion when I think of an interchange, a conversation, a collaboration, which is bound to bring differing points of view to bear.’
      • ‘It casts a dank shadow over the sunniest of interchanges.’
      • ‘Unlike some other parts of Britain, these communities overlap, allowing meaningful interchanges, and helping fear, distrust and divisions to be contained.’
      • ‘We used repeated examination of our data, critical exchange among team members, and interchanges with readers about working papers to seek robustness and plausibility.’
      • ‘The whole project was sold with the goodwill of people based on these interchanges.’
      • ‘But the speed and frequency of these interchanges sacrifices the clarity of the monologue, which is a shame as Hotter's script, in the places where is was Ned alone, is impressive.’
      • ‘Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I may have more time for blogging than I'd anticipated, but probably not for lengthy interchanges in the comments boxes.’
      • ‘AFN sources confirmed the agreement but said such interchanges are entered into very rarely.’
      • ‘There are a number of reports and white papers provided by various sponsors, and I hope that in the upcoming weeks and months we will develop a lively interchange between the members of the Forum.’
      • ‘The courteous and legitimately self-interested housewife opened the door to make her choice, and found that, in so doing, she had made a commitment, and entered into a dramatic interchange.’
      • ‘On their part, students will have access to homework assignments, and school news and events besides an interactive interchange with other students and teachers.’
      • ‘Incidentally, the interchange, feedback and conversation has been immensely valuable to me, and I hope also to my readers and interlocutors.’
  • 2Alternation.

    • ‘the interchange of woods and meadows’
  • 3A road junction designed on several levels so that traffic streams do not intersect.

    ‘turn left at the next interchange’
    • ‘The city has started doing construction work on facilities, roads, junctions and interchanges.’
    • ‘I believe both the interchange and a toll road would greatly alleviate the existing traffic problems experienced by regular commuters.’
    • ‘The capacity of the A61 approach to the junction and the A61 link road between the motorway interchange and Birdwell, will also be increased, by providing three lanes.’
    • ‘Next week we will look at the Naas road where the interchange is being built.’
    • ‘It's not surprising, then, that the Highway Users Alliance sees the solution to America's congestion problem as building more roads, especially interstate interchanges.’
    • ‘The schemes include the Monasterevin bypass on the N7, the Waterford bypass and the Kinsale road interchanges.’
    • ‘Upgrading an urban divided highway and its interchanges built nearly 40 years ago when traffic speeds and volumes were much lower is a challenge.’
    • ‘Which traffic engineering firm or engineers have completed their research and found that the interchange will reduce the traffic jams in and out of the capital?’
    • ‘The AA warned of heavy traffic on the anti-clockwise M60 between Prestwich and the Worsley interchange as drivers approached Junction 12, where the M602 was closed.’
    • ‘He also said a decision to have three lanes on each level of the interchange instead of two will increase the cost of the project, originally estimated to be $150 million.’
    • ‘He was spotted last night driving westbound along the eastbound side of the A64 between Hull Road and the A19 interchange.’
    • ‘In West Virginia, there are at least 32 federal projects named after Byrd, including four stretches of road, two interchanges, two courthouses, a bridge and a dam.’
    • ‘That's where all these highway interchanges and overpasses are planned to bring the traffic even quicker than the present gridlock.’
    • ‘Centrepoint is just under five kilometres from the interchange at the M50 Motorway with the Navan Road.’
    • ‘Its attractive maze of underground tunnels affords pedestrians safe passage under one of the most ruthless traffic interchanges in Europe.’
    • ‘Traffic between the Coolock interchange and Whitehall, which is down to one lane in each direction for 1.5km, added delays of 15 minutes to journeys.’
    • ‘‘Equally, modification of the interchanges will improve traffic flows,’ he said.’
    • ‘He said studies had shown the air was 50 times more polluted in smoky bars than at busy traffic interchanges.’
    • ‘The entire expressway will be put into use in April, with four layers of motorway interchanges at its cross with the outer-ring road, and six lanes of traffic.’
    • ‘This might be the first interchange in the world with traffic lights.’
    junction, intersection, crossing
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/ˈin(t)ərˌCHānj/ /ˈɪn(t)ərˌtʃeɪndʒ/


Late Middle English from Old French entrechangier, from entre- ‘between’ + changier ‘to change’.