Exchange vs Convert - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between exchange and convert

is that exchange is an act of exchanging or trading while convert is a person who has converted his or her religion.

As verbs the difference between exchange and convert

is that exchange is to trade or barter while convert is to transform or change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) eschaunge, from (etyl) eschaunge, from (etyl) eschange (whence modern French ). Spelling later changed on the basis of ex- in English.


(en noun)
  • An act of exchanging or trading.
  • All in all, it was an even exchange .
    an exchange of cattle for grain
  • A place for conducting trading.
  • The stock exchange is open for trading.
  • A telephone exchange.
  • (telephony, US only? ) The fourth through sixth digits of a ten-digit phone number (the first three before the introduction of area codes).
  • The 555 exchange is reserved for use by the phone company, which is why it's often used in films.
    NPA-NXX-1234 is standard format, where NPA is the area code and NXX is the exchange .
  • A conversation.
  • After an exchange with the manager, we were no wiser.
  • * 2014 , Ian Black, " Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian , 27 November 2014:
  • “Why bother with the daily grind when you can go to Mosul, get paid $400 a month, get a wife – and live an Islamic way,” went an exchange between two men overheard by a fellow passenger in a taxi. Rumour has it that a woman whose husband died fighting with Isis now receives a generous widow’s pension from jihadi coffers.
  • (chess) The loss of one piece and associated capture of another
  • # The loss of a relatively minor piece (typically a bishop or knight) and associated capture of the more advantageous rook
  • (obsolete) The thing given or received in return; especially, a publication exchanged for another.
  • (Shakespeare)
    Derived terms
    * bet exchange * bill of exchange * exchange rate * foreign exchange * foreign exchange market * ion exchange * ion exchange chromatography * ion exchange resin * key exchange * link exchange * local exchange carrier * means of exchange * medium of exchange * private branch exchange * stock exchange * telephone exchange

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) eschaungen, from (etyl) eschaungier, eschanger, from the (etyl) verb eschangier, ).


  • To trade or barter.
  • I'll gladly exchange my place for yours.
  • To replace with, as a substitute.
  • I'd like to exchange this shirt for one in a larger size.
    Since his arrest, the mob boss has exchanged a mansion for a jail cell.
    Derived terms
    * exchange flesh * exchanger * exchange vows




    (en noun)
  • A person who has converted to his or her religion.
  • They were all converts to Islam.
  • A person who is now in favour of something that he or she previously opposed or disliked.
  • I never really liked broccoli before, but now that I've tasted it the way you cook it, I'm a convert !


    (en verb)
  • (lb) To transform or change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product.
  • :
  • *(Thomas Burnet) (1635?-1715)
  • *:if the whole atmosphere were converted into water
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:That still lessens / The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author= Katie L. Burke
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= In the News , passage=Oxygen levels on Earth skyrocketed 2.4 billion years ago, when cyanobacteria evolved photosynthesis: the ability to convert water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and waste oxygen using solar energy.}}
  • (lb) To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another.
  • :
  • *
  • *:“A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable,.
  • (lb) To induce (someone) to adopt a particular religion, faith, ideology or belief.
  • :
  • * (1796-1859)
  • *:No attempt was made to convert the Moslems.
  • (lb) To exchange for something of equal value.
  • :
  • (lb) To express (a quantity) in alternative units.
  • (lb) To express (a unit of measure) in terms of another; to furnish a mathematical formula by which a quantity, expressed in the former unit, may be given in the latter.
  • :
  • To appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully; to commit the common law tort of conversion.
  • To score extra points after (a try) by completing a conversion.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=February 4, author=Gareth Roberts, work=BBC
  • , title= Wales 19-26 England , passage=Flood converted to leave Wales with a 23-9 deficit going into the final quarter.}}
  • (lb) To score (a penalty).
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 28, author=Jon Smith, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Valencia 1-1 Chelsea , passage=But, after the error by Lampard's replacement Kalou, Roberto Soldado converted the penalty.}}
  • To score a spare.
  • (lb) To undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief.
  • :
  • (lb) To become converted.
  • :
  • To cause to turn; to turn.
  • *(Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • *:O, which way shall I first convert myself?
  • To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.
  • To turn into another language; to translate.
  • *(Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • *:which storyCatullus more elegantly converted
  • Antonyms

    * deconvert

    Derived terms

    * converter * convertible * downconvert, downconversion, downconverter * upconvert, upconversion, upconverter