Commute meaning

kə-myo͝ot'
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.

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To change (one thing) for or into another; exchange; substitute.
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(finance) To pay out the lump-sum present value of an annuity, instead of paying in instalments.
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To change (an obligation, punishment, etc.) to one that is less severe.
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To substitute (payment in a lump sum) for payment in installments.
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To travel as a commuter.
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The trip of a commuter.
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To yield the same result regardless of order. For example, numbers commute under addition, which is a commutative operation. Generally, any two operators H and G commute if their commutator is zero, i.e. HG − GH = 0.
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(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.

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(intransitive) To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part.

To commute for a year's travel over a route.

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(law, criminology) To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense.

His prison sentence was commuted to probation.

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(intransitive) To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.
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(intransitive, mathematics) To engage in a commutative operation.

A pair of matrices share the same set of eigenvectors if and only if they commute.

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(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.
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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.

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A regular journey to or from a place of employment, such as work or school.
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The route, time or distance of that journey.
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To travel as a commuter.

She commuted each day to her office downtown by subway.

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To pay in gross, usually at a reduced rate, rather than in individual payments.
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To satisfy a commutative property. If a × b = b × a, then a commutes with b, regardless of whether the operation indicated by × is commutative.
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To substitute (one thing for another); exchange.
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To change (a penalty, debt, or payment) to a less severe one.
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An act or instance of commuting, especially the trip made by a commuter.

A 22-mile commute; an easy commute.

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Origin of commute

  • Middle English commuten to transform from Latin commūtāre com- com- mūtāre to change mei-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin commūtō
    From Wiktionary