verb (used with object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.

verb (used without object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.


a trip made by commuting: It's a long commute from his home to his office.
an act or instance of commuting.

Nearby words

  1. commutative,
  2. commutative group,
  3. commutative law,
  4. commutator,
  5. commutator group,
  6. commuter,
  7. commuter airplane,
  8. commuter belt,
  9. commuter marriage,
  10. commuter tax

Origin of commute

1400–50; 1885–90 for def 5; late Middle English < Latin commūtāre to change, replace, exchange, equivalent to com- com- + mūtāre to change

Related formsun·com·mut·ed, adjective

Can be confusedcommute forgive pardon (see synonym study at pardon) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commuted

British Dictionary definitions for commuted



(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
Derived Formscommutable, adjectivecommutability or commutableness, noun

Word Origin for commute

C17: from Latin commutāre to replace, from com- mutually + mutāre to change

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Word Origin and History for commuted



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.

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Science definitions for commuted



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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