- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English commuten ; from Classical Latin commutare, to change ; from com-, intensive plush mutare, to change: see miss
- to be a substitute
- to make up; compensate
- ☆ to travel as a commuter
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verb com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing, com·mutes verb, intransitive
- To travel as a commuter.
- 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 or engage in a commutative operation.
- To substitute (one thing for another); exchange.
- To change (a penalty, debt, or payment) to a less severe one.
Origin: Middle English commuten, to transform, from Latin commūtāre : com-, com- + mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
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