1. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    Synonyms : change, commute, convert
    Type Of : replace
  2. the act of changing one thing for another thing

    Synonyms : interchange
    Type Of : group action
    Examples :
    • Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience
  3. give to, and receive from, one another

    Synonyms : change, interchange
    Type Of : transfer
  4. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

    Synonyms : interchange, replace, substitute
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  5. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

    Synonyms : interchange
    Type Of : commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
  6. exchange a penalty for a less severe one

    Synonyms : commute, convert
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
  7. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

    Synonyms : central, telephone exchange
    Type Of : workplace, work
  8. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:

    Synonyms : commutation, substitution
    Type Of : change
  9. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

    Synonyms : rally
    Type Of : group action
  10. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

    Synonyms : switch, switch over
    Type Of : reverse, turn, change by reversal
  11. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

    Type Of : conversation
    Examples :
    • they had a bitter exchange
  12. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

    Type Of : work, workplace
  13. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

    Type Of : chemical phenomenon
  14. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

    Type Of : capture
    Examples :
    • black lost the exchange
  15. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

    Type Of : capture
    Examples :
    • the endgame began after the exchange of queens
  16. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

    Type Of : reassign, transfer
    Examples :
    • exchange prisoners
    • exchange employees between branches of the company
  17. the act of giving something in return for something received

    Type Of : transaction, dealings, dealing
    Examples :
    • deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable


  1. indicating exactness or preciseness

    Synonyms : just, precisely, properly
    Examples :
    • he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do
  2. in a precise manner

    Synonyms : incisively, precisely
    Antonyms : inexactly
  3. just as it should be

    Synonyms : on the button, on the dot, on the nose, precisely


  1. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

    Synonyms : bring in, clear, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
    Type Of : acquire, get
    Examples :
    • She earns a lot in her new job
  2. acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

    Synonyms : garner, win
    Type Of : get, acquire


  1. a course that the student can select from among alternatives

    Synonyms : elective course
    Type Of : course of study, course, course of instruction, class
  2. not compulsory

    Synonyms : facultative
    Examples :
    • elective surgery
    • an elective course of study
  3. subject to popular election

    Synonyms : elected
    Antonyms : appointive
    Examples :
    • elective official


  1. have a wish or desire to know something

    Synonyms : inquire, wonder
    Type Of : query, question
  2. conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    Synonyms : inquire, investigate
    Type Of : probe, examine
  3. address a question to and expect an answer from

    Synonyms : ask, inquire
    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate


  1. put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume

    Synonyms : capsule, capsulise, capsulize
    Type Of : digest, concentrate, condense
  2. enclose in a capsule or other small container

    Type Of : enclose, inclose, shut in, close in


  1. something very ugly and offensive

    Type Of : ugliness


  1. the overhang at the lower edge of a roof

    Type Of : overhang


  1. an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

    Synonyms : component, constituent
    Type Of : part, portion
    Examples :
    • a component or constituent element of a system
  2. any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter

    Synonyms : chemical element
    Type Of : substance
  3. an abstract part of something

    Synonyms : component, constituent, factor, ingredient
    Type Of : division, part, section
    Examples :
    • the grammatical elements of a sentence
  4. a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone

    Type Of : straight line
  5. one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

    Type Of : substance
    Examples :
    • the alchemists believed that there were four elements
  6. the most favorable environment for a plant or animal

    Type Of : environs, surround, environment, surroundings
    Examples :
    • water is the element of fishes
  7. the situation in which you are happiest and most effective

    Type Of : situation, state of affairs
    Examples :
    • in your element


  1. a republic in northwestern South America; became independent from Spain in 1822; the landscape is dominated by the Andes

    Synonyms : republic of ecuador