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.
- un·com·mut·ed, adjective
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How to use commute in a sentence
There’s no commute, there’s no lunchtime or after work drinks.‘Chronically understaffed’: Confessions of an agency exec on the cost of online advertising’s Covid growth | Seb Joseph | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
These are issued when questionable weather overlaps with the commute but is not quite enough for an advisory.PM Update: Patchy, light freezing rain is a risk late tonight into early Tuesday | Ian Livingston | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
For a cold commute, the best winter gloves will allow you to use touch screen technology without going barehanded.Best winter gloves: Our picks for touch screen gloves, ski gloves, and more | PopSci Commerce Team | February 2, 2021 | Popular-Science
At one point, before her hour-long commute, she reportedly mentioned that her hands were cold.The handwarming story of how Bernie Sanders got his inauguration mittens | Travis Andrews | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
As workers return to offices, they may still feel most comfortable with socially distant commutes rather than public transit.
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB? | Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A tense commute to work in Houston will start to resemble a tense commute in Boston or New York City.
It meant a serious commute, and a few quibbles from the locals about jumping to a rival, but Malania put in the hours.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own | Robert Silverman | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stephanie lives in the Bronx and works in Manhattan, a commute that should take 45 minutes.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway | Kevin Zawacki | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He will spend the rest of his commute sedentary, and she upright.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway | Kevin Zawacki | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
McAllen didn't look in the least like a man who could afford nowadays to commute by air between the Mediterranean and California.Gone Fishing | James H. Schmitz
His voice was for the gallows,—but, in consideration of the criminal's rank, he would consent to commute the cord for the axe.
When a man wanted to commute then he paid a monthly fee to the railroad and they printed his name on this official list.The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford
Did you commute back and forth from your sister's home in Irving?Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I've got enough money to commute, when the time comes, and I'll feel a lot better if I go through with it now I've started.The Flying U's Last Stand | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for commute
(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; change: to commute base metal into gold
(intr) to act as or be a substitute
(intr) to make a substitution; change
a journey made by commuting
- commutable, adjective
- commutability or commutableness, noun
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Scientific definitions for commute
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.
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