verb (used with object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.
verb (used without object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.
Origin of commute
Related Words for commutedshorten, drive, mitigate, modify, remit, soften, decrease, alleviate, curtail, transmute, interchange, convert, barter, transfer, transpose, transform, metamorphose, switch, transmogrify, transfigure
Examples from the Web for commuted
Contemporary Examples of commuted
After 15 years on Death Row, that was commuted to two life sentences.Did Pablo Escobar Frame a Millionaire for Murdering Banana-Shipping Money Launderers?
November 11, 2014
He was standing in front of the firing squad when his sentence was commuted to exile in Siberia.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
In March, Youssef condemned 529 people to death, although most of those sentences subsequently were commuted to life in prison.The Hanging Judge of Minya, Egypt, Sentences Hundreds to Death
April 28, 2014
A federal appeals court agreed, and commuted his sentence to life in prison.Conservatives Shoot Down Obama Nominee with ‘Willie Horton’ Tactics
March 5, 2014
One whole shade of opinion, opposed to the death penalty, argued that his sentence should be commuted to life.India’s Twisted Conscience on Terrorism
February 16, 2013
Historical Examples of commuted
His sentence to be shot was commuted to imprisonment for life.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
The sentence was, however, commuted to transportation for life.Old Times at Otterbourne
Charlotte M. Yonge
On other estates the serfs' compulsory labor was commuted for a quitrent.War and Peace
Then, will you give me a paper stating that his sentence is commuted?Roger Willoughby
William H. G. Kingston
His sentence was, however, commuted by the Governor to imprisonment for life.Venus in Boston;
Word Origin 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.