[ tel-i-kuh-myoot ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪ kəˌmyut /

verb (used without object), tel·e·com·mut·ed, tel·e·com·mut·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 1970–75; tele-1 + commute

OTHER WORDS FROM telecommute

tel·e·com·mut·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020


What does 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’t 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 telecommute come from?

The first records of telecommute come from the 1970s. It uses the combining form tele, meaning “distant” or “transmission over a distance,” 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—without 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

What are some words that share a root or word element with telecommute?

What are some words that often get used in discussing telecommute?


Hoe is telecommute used in real life?

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



Try using telecommute!

True or false? 

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

Example sentences from the Web for telecommute

  • For the same reason that meetings are more efficient than endless email threads, not all business can be conducted by telecommute.

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