commute

verb
com·mute | \kə-ˈmyüt \
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 \ adjective

Synonyms for commute

Synonyms: Verb

change, exchange, shift, substitute, swap, switch, trade

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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

Both sides agree the crux of the issue is the mandatory staffing that exists in the current contract Valenzuela said on Friday that many of his workers commute from the Los Angeles area, and do so because they are guaranteed work. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pari-Mutuel workers vote to strike in buildup to Del Mar opener," 13 July 2018 Jill Popowich commutes from Westminster every weekday and has found the drive down from 83 on nearly impossible. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Downtown Baltimore streets in gridlock after changes to traffic light timing," 12 July 2018 Housing developments have outpaced infrastructure, leading to dormitory suburbs, whose residents commute daily but enjoy few services, amenities, and transport links. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 Since 1976, Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country, has commuted death sentences for serious crimes to life in prison. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'," 12 July 2018 Aurora residents spend an average 28.6 minutes commuting to work, placing the city fourth on a list of Illinois towns in which people spend the least amount of time getting to and from their jobs. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ranked 4th in shortest commute among Illinois cities," 12 July 2018 Elgin residents spend an average 28.7 minutes commuting to work, placing the city fifth on a list of Illinois towns in which people spend the least amount of time getting to and from their jobs. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin ranks 5th statewide in survey of shortest work commute times," 12 July 2018 Transportation looked at how well their employees do at commuting in low carbon ways, while human experience asked their employees how satisfied with the building's environment. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Legrand Receives LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council," 2 July 2018 One lifer has been commuted under a Republican governor in the past three decades. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Sisters begged the Board of Pardons to free their brother's killer. The board said 'no'," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hoping to find the right doll for a granddaughter, or perhaps a bicycle or skateboard to speed up your morning commute? Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Kenilworth Union Church rummage sale offers amazing maze of treasures," 13 July 2018 Antonello Viglino told Italian news agency ANSA that he was stopped on the roadway during his morning commute in Sardinia, Italy, and ready to turn left when two motorbikes came rushing toward him, Sky News reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Driver involved in George Clooney's Italy motorbike accident blames sun in his eyes for lane change," 13 July 2018 Accetto Video of George Clooney’s scooter crash has emerged showing the moment his morning commute could have turned deadly. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "George Clooney's Scooter Crash Caught on Shocking Video, Actor Seen Thrown Into the Air," 10 July 2018 In April 2017, Isaac Schwartz was in an UberPool for his morning commute. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Is Ride Share the New LinkedIn?," 5 July 2018 Hundreds of Green Line passengers were delayed getting to work and forced to board MBTA shuttle buses during their morning commute after a power line problem forced the shutdown of the Green Line on all four major branches. BostonGlobe.com, "Stranded passengers struggle to get to work," 12 June 2018 In late January, Emily Sportsman, a longtime cyclist who lives and works as a geochemist in Oakland, was on her morning bike commute. Blane Bachelor, Outside Online, "Road Biking While Female," 23 May 2018 Beyond the obvious benefits of adding exercise to your day, saving you money on transportation costs, and preserving the environment, new research shows that cycling may save you time on your morning commute, too. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Top 10 tips for first-time bicycle commuters in Philadelphia," 16 May 2018 Several Swift fans have noticed the star's influence on their morning commutes. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "ADOT is at it again: 'Shake it off' before the Taylor Swift concert," 8 May 2018

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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

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

Noun

see commute entry 1

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun
commutative \kə-ˈmyü-tə-tiv, ˈkä-myə-ˌtā-tiv \ adjective

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