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 commutable (audio) \ 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

Metz appealed her sentence and wrote letters to politicians who might help commute it. Casey Parks, USA Today, "'You don't know what you did for me': Released from prison by Obama, now on the dean's list," 8 July 2019 Ideally located in the thriving South Valley, Eagle Ridge enjoys a slower pace of life that is still within commuting distance into Silicon Valley. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Thrive in the lifestyle of your dreams — soar to Eagle Ridge," 8 July 2019 In Los Angeles, officials employ similar safe-passage strategies, with some commuting zones tagged as dangerous because of gang violence. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "‘It makes me angry’: For D.C. students, safe passage to school can prove elusive," 6 July 2019 Thousands have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment under presidential decrees. The Economist, "Learn the law, hope for freedom," 4 July 2019 The city will evaluate whether use of the autonomous vehicles cut the city's costs to maintain and operate its vehicle fleet and boosts employee productivity while commuting to and from off-site work meetings. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Chandler employees to use Waymo autonomous vehicles on the job," 1 July 2019 In 2001, Hunter, Kathleen, and their children moved back to Wilmington to be closer to the rest of the Biden family, and Hunter commuted to Washington on Amtrak, as his father did. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019 The Best Travel Bags For Long Weekend Survival The largest delays on July 3 are expected in New York, with an expected 3.8 times the normal delays in commuting, according to data from AAA. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Fourth Of July Travel Is Expected To Be Record-Breaking," 30 June 2019 On the other end of a sprawling conference room table are a pile of letters addressed to West from inmates who are hoping she will take interest in their case in an attempt to have their life sentences commuted. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Kim Kardashian West, Esq. in 2022? You better believe it," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some wardens will have longer commutes because of the changes, but the agency has measures in place to compensate them for it. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Seven state prisons will get new wardens under new plan from MN Corrections Department," 7 June 2019 Today, Miti wakes up around 6 a.m. and makes an hour-long commute to work by wheelchair. Austin Meyer, National Geographic, "This carpenter builds crutches for kids. Now it’s his turn to walk.," 7 June 2019 Some people are willing to spend the money or take the longer commute for this amenity, but many people are not. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Black + Decker Portable Washing Machine Might Be The Best Thing That's Ever Happened to Me," 3 May 2019 The growth has driven up housing prices at a time when states, led by California, are seeking to slow suburban development to meet environmental goals undermined by long commutes and thick traffic. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019 Get ready for some long commutes: I-65 through Downtown is about to close. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "WTHR sports anchor Jason Spells leaving Indianapolis," 25 June 2018 Expansion of the corridor will reduce congestion in and around the Ada-Canyon County area, alleviating the long rush hour commute for Idahoans. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Canyon County drivers may soon say good-bye to I-84 bottlenecks," 7 June 2018 If your job doesn’t require a long commute, consider biking or walking to work. Philly.com, "A decade-by-decade guide for staying fit for life," 16 May 2018 Long commutes and active, harried schedules contribute most to the rise of the cupholder. Nancy A. Nichols, The Atlantic, "Cupholders Are Everywhere," 22 Apr. 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 and Noun

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

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

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