com·​mut·​er | \kə-ˈmyü-tər \

Definition of commuter 

1 : a person who commutes (as between a suburb and a city)

2 : a small airline that carries passengers relatively short distances on a regular schedule

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Cars remain the greatest threat to commuters, killing over 40,000 people in the U.S. yearly. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Bird, Lime named in class-action lawsuit," 22 Oct. 2018 Bike lanes on 11th Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Avenue Northeast would handle northbound and southbound bike commuters. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 After giving Maps an update with group planning and a new commuter tab, Google is now training its sights on the most important piece of its ecosystem: Google Assistant. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google preps for Pixel 3, smart display launch with a visual Assistant makeover," 3 Oct. 2018 The trains are running as of today between port towns Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde, and fairytale-like Buxtehude and will mostly ferry commuters between the four cities. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's First Hydrogen-Powered Train Just Arrived in Germany," 17 Sep. 2018 Of course, unlike me, Gaga was gracious enough to blow kisses to her fellow commuters along the way. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga’s Boat Ride to Venice Film Festival Was An Inspiring Level of Extra," 30 Aug. 2018 Some supporters of the millionaire’s tax had leaned on it as a potential way to fund major transportation proposals around Boston, from a Blue Line extension to Lynn to the fabled commuter rail link between North and South stations. Adam Vaccaro,, "A Blue Line to Lynn? Advocates are pushing a new way to fund transportation projects," 12 July 2018 Spots underground in Utrecht are free for 24 hours to draw commuters in, but €1.25 per day after that to prevent them being used for storage. The Economist, "The Dutch underground bicycle-park arms race," 12 July 2018 This will be updated throughout the day with traffic information affecting commuters across the Orlando area. Ryan Gillespie,, "Traffic: No crashes reported early Thursday," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of commuter

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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