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See also: interchangé




From Old French entrechange




interchange (third-person singular simple present interchanges, present participle interchanging, simple past and past participle interchanged)

  1. (transitive) to switch (each of two things)
    to interchange places
  2. (transitive) to mutually give and receive (something); to exchange
    • Shakespeare
      I shall interchange / My waned state for Henry's regal crown.
  3. (intransitive) to swap or change places
  4. (transitive) to alternate; to intermingle or vary
    to interchange cares with pleasures



Derived termsEdit


interchange (countable and uncountable, plural interchanges)

  1. An act of interchanging.
    • 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      That was one of three superb saves Hennessey made in the opening 45 minutes, the best of which was from Dzeko, who had been released by a slick interchange involving Silva and Sergio Aguero.
  2. A highway junction in which traffic may change from one road to another without crossing a stream of traffic.
  3. (rail transport) A connection between two or more lines, services or modes of transport; a station at which such a connection can be made.
    Holborn tube station is the only interchange between the London Underground Central and Piccadilly Lines

Usage notesEdit

Generally the rail transport sense of "interchange" applies to connections within the same station, or from two close-by stations. Sometimes, especially within the context of public transport in London, "interchange" is restricted to within-station connections only with outerchange used for those that involve leaving the station.


  • (rail transport): outerchange (in some contexts only, see usage notes)