com·​mu·​tate ˈkäm-yə-ˌtāt How to pronounce commutate (audio)
commutated; commutating

transitive verb

: to reverse every other half cycle of (an alternating current) so as to form a direct current

Word History


back-formation from commutation

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commutate was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Commutate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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