commute

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

Definition of commute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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

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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 Meal deliveries to certain neighborhoods will continue until Sept. 4 for families who cannot commute to campuses for curbside pickup, according to an email from Director of Communications Denise Meyers. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Magnolia ISD to continue providing meal options for virtual and on-campus learners," 30 July 2020 Peterson, a supporter of President Trump, has been a vocal advocate against the execution of her daughter's killer and has even asked Mr. Trump to commute Lee's sentence to life without parole. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "7th Circuit court overturns stay of execution for Daniel Lewis Lee, paving the way for first federal execution in 17 years," 12 July 2020 And in Solano County, which just landed on the state’s coronavirus watch list, one driver of rising cases is a surge among farmworkers who commute to Wine Country vineyards. Danielle Echeverria, SFChronicle.com, "As pandemic drives garlic demand, huge Bay Area farm sees second coronavirus case," 8 July 2020 His decision to commute Stone's sentence represents the first time Trump has circumvented the justice system in a case directly tied to himself. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Judge in Roger Stone case wants more information about the scope of clemency," 14 July 2020 President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge seeks more details on Trump’s clemency for Roger Stone," 13 July 2020 In defense of President Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of friend and former aide Roger Stone, the White House says special counsel Robert Mueller has no room to criticize the president. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "White House hits back at Mueller for 'pontificating in the editorial pages' about Roger Stone commutation," 12 July 2020 Families in these wards are also more likely to rely on public transportation to commute to school, adding an additional layer of risk to their calculations about fall. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "In D.C. wards hit hardest by covid-19, sending kids to school is a risk some parents won’t take," 10 July 2020 Tenants not having to commute downtown and access to more outdoor space makes those areas more desirable, Chen said. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area rents plummeted in June: See the biggest drops by city," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first owner kept a horse and carriage here that took him to the train for his commute to downtown Detroit. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Old $1.9M A-frame in Bloomfield Hills is a modern-day mini-farm," 11 July 2020 Since the onset of the pandemic, Amy McDonough has dropped her commute to Fitbit's San Francisco headquarters and repurposed that time for exercise. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Are wearables like Fitbit a key to earlier detection of COVID-19?," 8 July 2020 And my surf commute from the North Shore to the West side now takes half the amount of time. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "When Travel Restarts, Hawaiians Are Hoping for a More Respectful Future," 18 June 2020 My commute, as well as lunches and breaks were filled with reading, and the actual work was rewarding in small ways. Largeheartedboy, Longreads, "Sleeping with Amazon," 7 July 2020 Not deal breakers, but not the way to make new friends on your commute, either. cleveland, "Mercedes’s new small SUV a winner, despite goofy driver-assist feature," 4 July 2020 The IndyCar truck will be parked at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where all three races will occur, and the NASCAR truck will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a short commute for the analysts who live in the area. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "'The future': How NBC prepared for its broadcast of the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader," 26 May 2019 Travel at off-peak hours: If possible, switch up your commute times to avoid crowds at stops and stations, as well as on buses, trains and ferries. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Is it safe to get back on the bus? Ask Bay Area public transit agencies," 7 July 2020 The publication used nine economic, educational and demographic metrics for its ranking, including population density, housing affordability, commute times, and school spending per student. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Several Illinois cities rank high on list of best places to live after pandemic," 7 July 2020

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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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Time Traveler for commute

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

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commute. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for commute

commute

verb
How to pronounce commute (audio)

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
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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