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telecommuted; telecommuting; telecommutes

Definition of telecommute

intransitive verb

: to work at home by the use of an electronic linkup with a central office

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Other Words from telecommute

telecommuter noun

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Telecommute derives from the prefix tele-, a descendant of the Greek tele, meaning "far off," and the verb "commute," which arose from the Latin commutare, meaning "to change" or "to exchange." The practice of working at home and interfacing with the office via modem, telephone, or another telecommunications device has only recently become commonplace, but the word telecommute has been around since the mid-1970s. Its earliest documented use can be found in a January 1974 article in The Economist that predicted, "As there is no logical reason why the cost of telecommunication should vary with distance, quite a lot of people by the late 1980s will telecommute daily to their London offices while living on a Pacific island if they want to."

Examples of telecommute in a Sentence

The company now allows some of its employees to telecommute.

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Residents were advised to try to telecommute or carpool. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Maricopa County health watch for air quality on tap for Sunday," 15 June 2019 Transportation officials are urging commuters to telecommute, shift their schedules, walk, bike, take the bus or the train, carpool or try the water taxi — anything but drive into work alone. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 Those who telecommute or like to stay on top of social media will likely appreciate that the Cruze’s built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot which can support up to seven devices. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 These days, a good 74% of companies allow employees to telecommute, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "74% of employers offer this crucial benefit," 24 Dec. 2017 Officials are urging commuters to telecommute or adjust work around the eclipse and festivities. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "What will the solar eclipse mean for drivers? A coast-to-coast traffic nightmare," 18 Aug. 2017 Many newcomers are young middle-class families priced out of London’s real estate and drawn by Hastings’ bohemia and bonhomie, the chance to telecommute and dabble in creative industries. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "After Thatcher, New Labour, and austerity, has Britain decided to turn left again?," 16 Aug. 2017 For his part, Shelby, who lives in Tigard, will not be making the drive to Salem on Monday, opting to telecommute instead. Anna Marum,, "Eclipse 2017: Some workers paid to party, others lose pay," 15 Aug. 2017 Nearly three quarters of the Best Workplaces in New York have flexible scheduling and even more offer opportunities to telecommute. Michael Bush, Fortune, "How New York’s Best Companies Are Replacing Competition With Camaraderie," 18 July 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of telecommute

: to work at home by using a computer connection to a company's main office

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