Definition of telecommute
: to work at home by the use of an electronic linkup with a central office
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Examples of telecommute in a Sentence
The company now allows some of its employees to telecommute.
Recent Examples of telecommute from the Web
Nearly three quarters of the Best Workplaces in New York have flexible scheduling and even more offer opportunities to telecommute.
Approximately 20 to 25 percent of workers telecommute in some way, according to 2016 data from GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.
In the nation’s capital, the federal government announced a three-hour delayed arrival for non-emergency employees, with an option to take the day off or telecommute.
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Did You Know?
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."
First Known Use of telecommute
TELECOMMUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of telecommute for English Language Learners
: to work at home by using a computer connection to a company's main office
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