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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To switch each of (two things) into the place of the other.
  • transitive v. To give and receive mutually; exchange.
  • transitive v. To cause to succeed each other in a series or pattern; alternate: interchanged gold and silver beads in the bracelet.
  • intransitive v. To change places with each other.
  • intransitive v. To succeed each other; alternate.
  • n. The act or process of interchanging.
  • n. A highway intersection designed to permit traffic to move freely from one road to another without crossing another line of traffic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to switch (each of two things)
  • v. to mutually give and receive (something); to exchange
  • v. to swap or change places
  • v. to alternate
  • n. An act of interchanging.
  • n. A highway junction in which traffic may change from one road to another without crossing a stream of traffic.
  • n. A connection between two or more lines, services or modes of transport; a station at which such a connection can be made.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of mutually changing; the act of mutually giving and receiving; exchange.
  • n. The mutual exchange of commodities between two persons or countries; barter; commerce.
  • n. Alternate succession; alternation; a mingling.
  • n. An intersection between highways, having two or more levels and a series of connecting roadways so that traffic on one highway may pass over or under the other highway without crossing through the line of traffic, and vehicles may pass from one highway to the other while traffic on both highways continues uninterrupted. A common interchange is the cloverleaf.
  • intransitive v. To make an interchange; to alternate.
  • transitive v. To put each in the place of the other; to give and take mutually; to exchange; to reciprocate
  • transitive v. To cause to follow alternately; to intermingle; to vary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exchange mutually or reciprocally; put each of in the place of the other; give and take in reciprocity: as, to interchange commodities; to interchange compliments or duties.
  • To cause to follow one another alternately: as, to interchange cares with pleasures.
  • To change reciprocally; succeed alternately.
  • n. The act of exchanging reciprocally; the act or process of giving and receiving with reciprocity: as, an interchange of civilities or kind offices.
  • n. Alternate succession: as, the interchange of light and darkness.
  • n. Synonyms See exchange.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a junction of highways on different levels that permits traffic to move from one to another without crossing traffic streams
  • v. cause to change places
  • n. the act of changing one thing for another thing
  • v. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
  • v. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  • n. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
  • n. mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
  • v. give to, and receive from, one another

Etymologies

Middle English enterchaungen, from Old French entrechangier, to change : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + changier, to change; see change.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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