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Exchange, subst. 1) the act of giving and receiving reciprocally: Ado II, 1, 320. Wint. IV, 4, 689. Wint. IV, 4, 689 “the allusion holds in the e.” LLL IV, 2, 42 (in applying one word for the other). “to make e.” Gentl. II, 2, 6. “make an e.” Wint. IV, 4, 647. “made e. of vow,” Rom. II, 3, 62. “the e. of thy vow for mine,” II, 2, 127. in e. of it == for it: Wiv. II, 2, 243. “I have got, in e. of a hundred and fifty soldiers, three hundred and odd pounds,” H4A IV, 2, 14. “desired my Cressid in right great e.” Troil. III, 3, 21 (i. e. in a fair e. for a person of importance).
2) the thing given or received in return: “it cannot countervail the e. of joy that one short minute gives me in her sight,” Rom. II, 6, 4. “and the e. my brother,” Lr. IV, 6, 280. “there's my e.” V, 3, 97. “if Hamlet give the first or second hit, or quit in answer of the third e.” Hml. V, 2, 280 (i. e. the third hit received).
3) the act of transferring money by bills: “I have bills for money by e. from Florence,” Shr. IV, 2, 89.
4) the place where merchants meet? It may be meant in the blunder of Dull: “the collusion holds in the e.” LLL IV, 2, 43. Meant, but not called so in Merch. I, 3, 50.
5) change, transmutation: “I am much ashamed of my e.” Merch. II, 6, 35.
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