Definition of interchange in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈCHānj/
[with object]
1(Of two or more people) exchange (things) with each other: superior and subordinates freely interchange ideas and information
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  • 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.
1.1Put each of (two things) in the other’s place: the terms are often interchanged
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  • 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.
substitute, transpose, switch, alternate;
exchange, swap, trade;
reverse, invert, replace
1.2 [no object] (Of a thing) be able to be exchanged with another: diesel units will interchange with the gasoline ones
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərˌCHānj/
1The action of interchanging things, especially information: the interchange of ideas a free-market interchange of goods and services
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  • 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.
exchange, trade, swap, barter, give and take, traffic, reciprocation, reciprocity
archaic truck
1.1An exchange of words: listening in shock to this venomous interchange
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  • 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.
2Alternation: the interchange of woods and meadows
3A road junction designed on several levels so that traffic streams do not intersect.
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with interchange

arrange, change, counterchange, estrange, exchange, grange, Lagrange, mange, part-exchange, range, short-change, strange

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Syllabification: in·ter·change

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