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foreign exchange

noun
 
 
( abbreviation forex) FINANCE
[U] the buying and selling of currencies: foreign exchange controls/intervention/restrictions The removal of foreign exchange controls allowed residents to purchase and hold foreign currency legally.foreign exchange trading/sales/transactions Hong Kong is one of the largest centres for foreign exchange trading.
[U] money that you get when you sell one currency and buy another: foreign exchange earnings/gains/losses The country's tourism industry accounts for 50% of its foreign exchange earnings.
(also foreign exchange market) a financial market in which foreign currencies are bought and sold: in/on the foreign exchanges The pound had a better day on the foreign exchanges, gaining more than a cent to $1.5828 against the dollar.
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