Commute definition

kə-myo͝ot
To change (one thing) for or into another; exchange; substitute.
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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 substitute (payment in a lump sum) for payment in installments.
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The trip of a commuter.
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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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To serve as a substitute.
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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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To travel as a commuter.
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To be a substitute.
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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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(finance) To pay out the lump-sum present value of an annuity, instead of paying in instalments.
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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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(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.
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To make substitution or exchange.
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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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To change (an obligation, punishment, etc.) to one that is less severe.
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To make up; compensate.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
commute
Plural:
commutes

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