- to change (a prison sentence or other penalty) to a less severe one: The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
- to exchange for another or for something else; give and take reciprocally; interchange.
- to change: to commute base metal into gold.
- to change (one kind of payment) into or for another, as by substitution.
- to travel regularly over some distance, as from a suburb into a city and back: He commutes to work by train.
- to make substitution.
- to serve as a substitute.
- to make a collective payment, especially of a reduced amount, as an equivalent for a number of payments.
- Mathematics. to give the same result whether operating on the left or on the right.
- a trip made by commuting: It's a long commute from his home to his office.
- an act or instance of commuting.
Origin of commute
Examples from the Web for commute
Stephanie lives in the Bronx and works in Manhattan, a commute that should take 45 minutes.
He will spend the rest of his commute sedentary, and she upright.
“I take like three, three-and-a-half hours out of the day just to commute back-and-forth,” he said.How Cars, Not Subways, Will Make Us Richer
June 4, 2014
The first time I saw someone on my morning commute reading a copy.He’s Got a Ticket to Write, or How a Late Train Produced a Novel
April 24, 2014
The lead-in for traffic is a cheery: “Now a look at your morning commute.”Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
March 18, 2014
Will you be her true natural father, or shall I commute paternity?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
The Governor refuses him a pardon, nor will he commute my son's sentence.
It is evident that the man who passed the sentence could commute it, he said.The Dust of Conflict
David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
He seemed at times to be asking God to commute these penalties.Les Misrables
At the same time, he held out very little hope that anything could be done to commute the sentence.The Great War As I Saw It
Frederick George Scott
- (intr) to travel some distance regularly between one's home and one's place of work
- (tr) to substitute; exchange
- (tr) law to reduce (a sentence) to one less severe
- to pay (an annuity) at one time, esp with a discount, instead of in instalments
- (tr) to transform; changeto commute base metal into gold
- (intr) to act as or be a substitute
- (intr) to make a substitution; change
- a journey made by commuting
Word Origin and History for commute
mid-15c., "to change, transform," from Latin commutare "to often change, to change altogether," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + mutare "to change" (see mutable). Sense of "make less severe" is 1630s. Sense of "go back and forth to work" is 1889, from commutation ticket "season pass" (on a railroad, streetcar line, etc.), from commute in its sense of "to change one kind of payment into another" (1795), especially "to combine a number of payments into a single one." Related: Commuted; commuting.
- To yield the same result regardless of order. For example, numbers commute under addition, which is a commutative operation. Generally, any two operators H and G commute if their commutator is zero, i.e. HG - GH = 0.