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commute

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verb com·mute \kə-ˈmyüt\

Definition of commute

commuted

commuting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  change, alter b :  to give in exchange for another :  exchange

  3. 2 :  to convert (as a payment) into another form

  4. 3 :  to change (a penalty) to another less severe <commute a death sentence to life in prison>

  5. 4 :  commutate

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  make up, compensate

  8. 2 :  to pay in gross

  9. 3 :  to travel back and forth regularly (as between a suburb and a city)

  10. 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 \-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.

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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commute

noun com·mute

Definition of commute

  1. 1 :  an act or an instance of commuting

  2. 2 :  the distance covered in commuting <a long commute>

1954

First Known Use of commute

1954

Other Transportation Terms


COMMUTE Defined for English Language Learners

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commute

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verb com·mute \kə-ˈmyüt\

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


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commute

noun com·mute

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

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verb com·mute \kə-ˈmyüt\

Definition of commute for Students

commuted

commuting

  1. 1 :  to travel back and forth regularly

  2. 2 :  to change (as a penalty) to something less severe <The governor commuted the convict's sentence.>

commuter

noun

Law Dictionary

commute

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transitive verb com·mute \kə-ˈmyüt\

Legal Definition of commute

commuted

commuting

  1. 1 :  to convert (as a payment) into another form

  2. 2 :  to change (a penalty) to one less severe especially out of clemency — compare pardon

commutation

\ˌkä-myə-ˈtā-shən\ play noun

commutative

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


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