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

The exercise commuting trend is growing particularly fast in certain states. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 Kaiser, headquartered in Oakland, received $150,000 to manage its workers’ commuting and parking patterns. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Chariot adds commute routes for UCSF employees, with public funding," 28 June 2018 The probe follows recent revelations the state had failed for decades to pay taxes on tens of millions of dollars in commuting perks for State Police troopers. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, "Despite warning, MassDOT continued toll-free perk for workers, retirees," 8 June 2018 Add in commuting time, and the situation can be summarized by two words: no life. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 Libby is among a select group of the convicted to win tag-team mercy from two presidents: George W. Bush commuted Libby’s prison term for his role in outing a CIA agent, and Trump bumped it to a full pardon last month. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Trump’s pardon-palooza: Presidents and the constitutional power to pardon," 1 June 2018 Around half the town’s residents commute to offices and factories in Birmingham and other big towns in the West Midlands, said Daniel Cook, leader of the local council. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Britons Most at Risk in a Messy Split From EU Are Least Worried," 13 Jan. 2019 When commuting, the CV1 includes a second row of seats—two captain’s chairs and a middle seat—to travel five with seat belts. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 But the new Dolby Dimension headphones aren’t meant to be worn while commuting or on the go, they are designed to be worn in your home. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So get your nose out of your phone and start looking in the store on your morning commute, because there is an actual artist that sits in the window and paints pets. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Fishs Eddy Has A Pet Portrait Artist-In-Residence," 6 Nov. 2018 Or enjoy a seat on your commute home from a yoga class without worrying about leaving a sweaty butt mark for the next passenger (Ahimsa). Blanca Myers, WIRED, "From Mats to Hoodies, 9 Ways to Elevate Your Yoga Practice," 24 June 2018 As their towns have lost manufacturing and craftsman jobs, residents’ commutes have gotten longer, leaving less time for volunteer work. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "Answering the call," 1 June 2018 Judging from his smile in the photos, the student seems very happy that his commute just got a bit quicker. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Texas student who walked one hour to and from school receives bike from sheriff's office," 3 May 2018 The morning commute got off to a rough start Tuesday with wet roads and crashes snarling highways. Jennifer Baker, Cincinnati.com, "NB I-75 reopens from crash, fuel spill Downtown," 24 Apr. 2018 The front-facing iPhone camera, once a feature of convenience for users who also do their makeup on their commute, has now become a handheld torture device, inflicting constant self-examination. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Dermatologists Are Now Using Fillers to Simulate Instagram Filters, So I Decided to Try It," 19 Apr. 2018 Nintendo is bringing its super-popular Mario Kart series to smartphones, giving you another good reason to swear on your morning commute. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Mace in your beer, 'Black Panther' soundtrack and more conversation starters for your weekend," 9 Feb. 2018 Tune in on your commute instead with the BuzzVoice ($3.99) app. Redbook, "How to Streamline Your Weekday Mornings, Start to Finish," 5 Sep. 2012

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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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