- The definition of commute means to travel between home and work, or to change one thing for another.
- An example of to commute is someone taking the bus from their house to their office.
- An example of to commute is to reduce a one year jail sentence to time served.
People taking the bus to commute to work.
transitive verbcommuted, commuting
- to change (one thing) for or into another; exchange; substitute
- to change (an obligation, punishment, etc.) to one that is less severe
- to substitute (payment in a lump sum) for payment in installments
Origin of commuteMiddle English commuten ; from Classical Latin commutare, to change ; from com-, intensive + mutare, to change: see miss
- to be a substitute
- to make up; compensate
- ☆ to travel as a commuter
verbcom·mut·ed, com·mut·ing, com·mutes
- To travel as a commuter: She commuted each day to her office downtown by subway.
- a. To make substitution or exchange.b. To serve as a substitute.
- To pay in gross, usually at a reduced rate, rather than in individual payments.
- Mathematics & Logic To satisfy a commutative property. If a × b = b × a, then a commutes with b, regardless of whether the operation indicated by × is commutative.
- To substitute (one thing for another); exchange.
- To change (a penalty, debt, or payment) to a less severe one.
Origin of commuteMiddle English commuten, to transform, from Latin commūtāre : com-, com- + mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present commutes, present participle commuting, simple past and past participle commuted)
- (intransitive) To regularly travel from one's home to one's workplace or school, or vice versa.
- I commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan by bicycle.
- (finance) To pay out the lump-sum present value of an annuity, instead of paying in instalments.
- (intransitive) To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part.
- to commute for a year's travel over a route
- (law, criminology) To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense.
- His prison sentence was commuted to probation.
- (intransitive) To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.
- (intransitive, mathematics) To engage in a commutative operation.
- A pair of matrices share the same set of eigenvectors if and only if they commute.
- (algebra, category theory, of a diagram of morphisms) Such that any two sequences of morphisms with the same initial and final objects as one another will have the same value on any element in the initial object.
- To exchange; to put or substitute something else in place of, as a smaller penalty, obligation, or payment, for a greater, or a single thing for an aggregate.
- to commute tithes; to commute charges for fares
- A regular journey to or from a place of employment, such as work or school.
- The route, time or distance of that journey.
From Latin commūtō