verb (used with object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.
verb (used without object), com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing.
- commutative group,
- commutative law,
- commutator group,
- commuter airplane,
- commuter belt,
- commuter marriage,
- commuter tax
Origin of commute
Examples from the Web for 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?|Jacqui Goddard|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Bel Trew|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A federal appeals court agreed, and commuted his sentence to life in prison.Conservatives Shoot Down Obama Nominee with ‘Willie Horton’ Tactics|Jamelle Bouie|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One whole shade of opinion, opposed to the death penalty, argued that his sentence should be commuted to life.
Since the Reformation 'twas commuted into preaching on the Holy-dayes.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)|John Aubrey
This sentence in most cases was commuted to penal servitude for life, or reduced to terms of imprisonment.South Africa and the Transvaal War, vol. 7|Louis Creswicke
But all punishments might readily be commuted into a fine to be spent in gin for judge and jury.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
I am glad to tell you that the sentence of R——, whose cell was next to mine, has been commuted to life imprisonment.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
This time she was found guilty and cast for death, but the sentence was commuted to transportation.The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2|Arthur Griffiths
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.