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commute

verb com·mute \ kə-ˈmyüt \

Definition of commute

commuted; commuting
transitive verb
1 a :change, alter
b :to give in exchange for another :exchange
  • commuting foreign currency to domestic
2 :to convert (something, such as a payment) into another form
  • The periodic payments may be commuted into a lump sum.
3 :to change (a penalty) to another less severe
  • commute a death sentence to life in prison
intransitive verb
1 :make up, compensate
  • commuted for her sins
2 :to pay in gross (see 2gross 2)
3 :to travel back and forth regularly (as between a suburb and a city)
  • He commutes to work every day by car.
4 :to yield the same mathematical result regardless of order used of two elements undergoing an operation or of two operations on elements

commutable

play \kə-ˈmyü-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of commute in a Sentence

  1. He commutes to work every day by train.

  2. She commutes 400 miles a week.

  3. The judge commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.

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Did You Know?

When you commute between a suburb and a city, you're "exchanging" one location for another. When a chief executive substitutes a life sentence for the death sentence handed down by a court, he or she is commuting the original sentence. Most such commutations are the result of the prisoner's good behavior. A commutator is a device in many electric motors that regularly changes alternating current to direct current.

Origin and Etymology of commute

Middle English, from Latin commutare to change, exchange, from com- + mutare to change — more at mutable


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commute

noun

Definition of commute

1 :an act or an instance of commuting
2 :the distance covered in commuting
  • a long commute

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Origin and Etymology of commute

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COMMUTE Defined for English Language Learners

commute

verb

Definition of commute for English Language Learners

  • : to travel regularly to and from a place and especially between where you live and where you work

  • law : to change (a punishment) to a less severe one


commute

noun

Definition of commute for English Language Learners

  • : the journey that you make when you travel to or from a place that you go to regularly (such as the place where you work)


COMMUTE Defined for Kids

commute

verb com·mute \ kə-ˈmyüt \

Definition of commute for Students

commuted; commuting
1 :to travel back and forth regularly
2 :to change (as a penalty) to something less severe
  • The governor commuted the convict's sentence.

commuter

noun

Law Dictionary

commute

transitive verb com·mute \ kə-ˈmyüt \

legal Definition of commute

commuted; commuting
1 :to convert (as a payment) into another form
2 :to change (a penalty) to one less severe especially out of clemency — compare pardon

commutation

play \ˌkä-myə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

commutative

play \kə-ˈmyü-tə-tiv, ˈkä-myə-ˌtā-tiv\ adjective


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