verb (used with object), com·mu·tat·ed, com·mu·tat·ing. Electricity.

to reverse the direction of (a current or currents), as by a commutator.
to convert (alternating current) into direct current by use of a commutator.

Origin of commutate

First recorded in 1645–55; back formation from commutation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for commutated


verb (tr)

to reverse the direction of (an electric current)
to convert (an alternating current) into a direct current
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