commute

verb
com·​mute | \ kə-ˈmyüt How to pronounce commute (audio) \
commuted; commuting

Definition of commute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
4 : commutate

intransitive verb

1 : make up, compensate commuted for her sins
2 : to pay in gross (see gross entry 3 sense 1)
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

commute

noun

Definition of commute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from commute

Verb

commutable \ kə-​ˈmyü-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce commute (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for commute

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

Examples of commute in a Sentence

Verb He commutes to work every day by train. She commutes 400 miles a week. The judge commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, though, Schmutzler wonders how his New York bar, which thrived as an after-work happy hour bar, will fare as fewer people commute to offices five days a week. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 14 July 2021 Scott said the building strategically sits next to a bus line, allowing residents to commute to jobs. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 8 July 2021 Many would-be renters who work in Park City must instead live in the Salt Lake Valley and commute to their jobs. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 July 2021 Despite the environmental concerns raised in Corte Madera’s housing appeal, research by the Bay Area Council show that workers priced out of inner suburbs often commute greater distances for affordable housing, adding to traffic and emissions. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 There wasn’t a need to make that daily commute to the office. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 26 May 2021 People who live in more-affordable suburbs and rural areas, and commute to jobs in urban centers, face higher taxes on fuel and vehicles in some countries. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2021 The couple decided to buy their first home in Gaithersburg rather than commute from Annapolis. Debra Kamin New York Times, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 Some were using the time liberated by not having to commute to work harder while others were using it to benefit their personal lives. Roger Trapp, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The immigration attorney resumed her 40-minute commute from Billerica to Boston on the Lowell line in February, when courtrooms reopened. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Or try to incorporate some walking or biking into your commute. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Your staff's highest gas usage may come during their daily commute. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Her commute involves two or three buses in the summer heat. Lizzy Lawrence, baltimoresun.com, 12 July 2021 If relying on battery power alone for your commute sends your anxiety into the stratosphere, maybe a powertrain with batteries and gasoline will cool your jets. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 8 July 2021 Maps can significantly improve your commute and your holiday. Chris Smith, BGR, 6 July 2021 Public transportation hubs also present an opportunity to meet people with vaccines on their commute to or from work. Julia Raifman, STAT, 3 July 2021 However, not everyone can afford to plan their commute according to when a bus is less crowded. Rasha Hasaneen, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of commute

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commute

Verb and Noun

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

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The first known use of commute was in the 15th century

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“Commute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commute. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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commute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of commute (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
com·​mute | \ kə-ˈmyüt How to pronounce commute (audio) \
commuted; commuting

Kids Definition of commute

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

Other Words from commute

commuter noun

commute

transitive verb
com·​mute | \ kə-ˈmyüt How to pronounce commute (audio) \
commuted; commuting

Legal Definition of commute

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

Other Words from commute

commutation \ ˌkä-​myə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce commute (audio) \ noun
commutative \ kə-​ˈmyü-​tə-​tiv, ˈkä-​myə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce commute (audio) \ adjective

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