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verb (used without object), tel路e路com路mut路ed, tel路e路com路mut路ing.
to work at home by using a computer that is electronically linked to the network of one's place of employment.
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Origin of telecommute

First recorded in 1970鈥75; tele-1 + commute

OTHER WORDS FROM telecommute

tel路e路com路mut路er, noun
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What does聽telecommute mean?

Telecommute means to work from home or another remote location, especially by keeping in contact with coworkers through various forms of digital communication.

To commute means to make a regular trip. Most commonly, it refers to traveling to work and back each day. When people telecommute, they don鈥檛 go to a workplace but instead usually rely on the internet to communicate and send documents.

Example: The company allows some of its employees to telecommute when they have personal appointments during the day.

Where does聽telecommute come from?

The first records of telecommute come from the 1970s. It uses the combining form tele, meaning 鈥渄istant鈥 or 鈥渢ransmission over a distance,鈥 which is seen in words like telegraph, telephone, and teleport.

Telecommuting is a little like teleporting yourself to the office. The idea is to be able to do all the same things you would do at the office, but without physically being there鈥攚ithout the commute. The internet and its related technologies, such as email, chat applications, and document-sharing programs, have allowed telecommuting to become much easier to do and much more commonplace. Some people telecommute every so often (perhaps because they need to be home or are unable to commute that day), but many people do it on a permanent basis. As the practice has become more popular, it has become more common for many telecommuters to simply refer to it as working from home, working remotely, or working virtually.

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What are some other forms of telecommute?

  • telecommuting (noun)
  • telecommuter (noun)

What are some synonyms for telecommute?

  • work from home
  • work remotely
  • work virtually

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Hoe is聽telecommute used in real life?

Telecommute is often used in discussions of how to improve employees鈥 work-life balance. Work from home is a synonym that鈥檚 also commonly used.



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Telecommuting only refers to working from home on a full-time basis.

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