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

Other Words from commute

Verb

commutable \ kə-​ˈmyü-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce commute (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for commute

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The five-member board, which is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, on Monday declined to grant clemency for Presnell. Kate Brumback, ajc, 17 May 2022 Earlier Monday, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, had declined to halt Presnell's execution. CBS News, 17 May 2022 Apple employees in particular are chafing at the company’s prescriptive approach to hybrid work, and its decision to make a promotional video about using Apple products for remote work while forcing its own employees to commute. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 11 May 2022 While office market, in general, is down, smaller office/commercial offerings may prove attractive as the need to commute downtown declines. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 Mesa expansion: 3 in 4 working residents commute outside of Mesa for jobs. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 Most cities have been designed around business districts and the office workers that commute in each day. Alexander Thompson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 The execution stay was announced minutes before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had been set to consider her clemency application to either commute her death sentence or grant her a 120-day reprieve. Juan A. Lozano, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2022 The execution stay was announced minutes before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had been set to consider her clemency application to either commute her death sentence or grant her a 120-day reprieve. Time, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of driving an hour to school each day, Terrell will have a much more manageable eight-mile commute to Litzon. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 Having such a long battery life is ideal for anyone with a long commute or who hits the gym each day. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The residents of one Northeast Ohio city have a longer commute to work than any other community in the region. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 Along with industrial efficiency, Dhaliwal said the new factory adds personal time to the lives of the company’s workers with a shorter commute to work. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2021 For example, Losoponkul didn’t want a long commute. Tamara E. Holmes And Andrea Kramar, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 Even worse, the stadium is located far from the region’s primary population center in Tampa, forcing potential fans to contend with a long commute and heavy traffic across the water. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Her car — a rusting 1999 Honda Accord — made the long commute difficult. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Fagon would make the hour-long commute daily from Midtown to Hudson as housing there was hard to come by. Deidre Dyer, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commute. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for commute

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

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