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

Many more have had their sentence reversed in court or commuted by the governor. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 Therefore, people are commuting from Temecula and Riverside. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Experts discuss economy at annual 'State of the Region'," 28 Feb. 2018 Simply walking more — while commuting, running errands, in a meeting, or on the phone — counts for a lot. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.," 20 Nov. 2018 Or perhaps more likely in the case of Los Angeles, all their time commuting. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Coliving scales up with larger buildings, and bigger ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 The trip to Terranea is shorter than many Los Angeles commutes: The resort occupies 102 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, about a 40- minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "7 Beach Resorts You Can Still Book for Christmas Week," 25 Oct. 2018 Many of my classmates and friends’ parents commuted to work in skyscrapers in the city every day. Aliya Hana Hussain, Teen Vogue, "9/11’s Anniversary Means 17 Years Since the Guantánamo Prison Opened," 11 Sep. 2018 To provide the most famous example, position and momentum do not commute. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Einstein’s equivalence principle updated with a dash of quantum," 14 Aug. 2018 Her efforts worked—Trump commuted Johnson's sentence—but that hasn't stopped people from calling out his other policies and the West family's alignment with the administration. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Faces Backlash After Claiming She Has 'Nothing Bad to Say' About Donald Trump," 31 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Authorities at first described him as homeless, but family and friends said the father of two, who loved to fish at the pier, worked boats in neighboring Marina del Rey and sometimes camped out under the pier to avoid the long commute home. Christopher Weber And Elliot Spagat, Fox News, "Man with long immigration record is charged with killings," 28 Sep. 2018 The line raced west, snarling traffic in the Phoenix metro just in time for the afternoon commute. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 My typical Saturday commute to work feels a little like driving straight into a festival. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 That’s because a bag that looks and performs great on a kite-surfing holiday won’t usually suffice for an office commute or trips to the gym. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 My old bike, a Trek 1200, was bought on a grad student's budget as a high-speed commute machine; adjusting for inflation, its successor was within about $200 of the same price. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 Rush-hour commutes are often plagued by overcrowding and delays, residents say. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s Attention Raises Hopes, Fears for Long Island City," 7 Nov. 2018 When addressed, Google Home Hub can provide overviews of the weather forecast, a list of the day’s activities from Google Calendar, reminders, commute info using Google Maps, and more. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Google Pixel 3 Announcement Shares Details of Updated Camera," 9 Oct. 2018 Under the federal tax code, businesses are allowed to have workers allocate up to $255 per month from their paychecks to pay for commutes via transit, including bus, light rail, ferry, water taxi and van pool. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle could require businesses to let workers pay for transit with pretax wages," 1 Oct. 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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