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commute

[kuh-myoot] /kəˈmyut/
verb (used with object), commuted, commuting.
1.
to change (a prison sentence or other penalty) to a less severe one:
The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
2.
to exchange for another or for something else; give and take reciprocally; interchange.
3.
to change:
to commute base metal into gold.
4.
to change (one kind of payment) into or for another, as by substitution.
verb (used without object), commuted, commuting.
5.
to travel regularly over some distance, as from a suburb into a city and back:
He commutes to work by train.
6.
to make substitution.
7.
to serve as a substitute.
8.
to make a collective payment, especially of a reduced amount, as an equivalent for a number of payments.
9.
Mathematics. to give the same result whether operating on the left or on the right.
noun
10.
a trip made by commuting:
It's a long commute from his home to his office.
11.
an act or instance of commuting.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; 1885-90 for def 5; late Middle English < Latin commūtāre to change, replace, exchange, equivalent to com- com- + mūtāre to change
Related forms
uncommuted, adjective
Can be confused
commute, forgive, pardon (see synonym study at pardon)
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Examples from the web for commutes
  • Employers look at cutting down on workers' commutes.
  • And that doesn't help anyone, to have longer and longer commutes and to have more energy used in vast car trips.
  • Gas shocks cause great pain today because people are stuck driving the same cars along the same commutes they had last month.
  • That's going to mean tough commutes during the winter and spending more money on air conditioning in the summer.
  • Even though millions can see it from their windows or their commutes every day, few know about its history.
  • High-speed rail would make this quite manageable especially in jobs that are flexible and require only intermittent commutes.
  • Density means that commutes, shopping trips and supply chains are shorter.
  • They work longer hours than they ever had before and they have longer commutes.
  • And forget about public transit, which would make their commutes even longer.
  • Its workers abandoned tight-knit cities for ever more far-flung suburbs, requiring longer commutes.
British Dictionary definitions for commutes

commute

/kəˈmjuːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to travel some distance regularly between one's home and one's place of work
2.
(transitive) to substitute; exchange
3.
(transitive) (law) to reduce (a sentence) to one less severe
4.
to pay (an annuity) at one time, esp with a discount, instead of in instalments
5.
(transitive) to transform; change: to commute base metal into gold
6.
(intransitive) to act as or be a substitute
7.
(intransitive) to make a substitution; change
noun
8.
a journey made by commuting
Derived Forms
commutable, adjective
commutability, commutableness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin commutāre to replace, from com- mutually + mutāre to change
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Word Origin and History for commutes

commute

v.

mid-15c., "to change, transform," from Latin commutare "to often change, to change altogether," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + mutare "to change" (see mutable). Sense of "make less severe" is 1630s. Sense of "go back and forth to work" is 1889, from commutation ticket "season pass" (on a railroad, streetcar line, etc.), from commute in its sense of "to change one kind of payment into another" (1795), especially "to combine a number of payments into a single one." Related: Commuted; commuting.

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commutes in Science
commute
  (kə-myt')   
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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