Definition of Commute

1. Noun. A regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work. "There is standing room only on the high-speed commute"

Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying

2. Verb. Exchange positions without a change in value. "These operators commute with each other"
Exact synonyms: Transpose
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Commutation

3. Verb. Travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home.
Specialized synonyms: Live Out, Sleep Out
Generic synonyms: Jaunt, Travel, Trip
Derivative terms: Commutation, Commuter, Commuter, Commuting

4. Verb. Change the order or arrangement of. "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"
Exact synonyms: Permute, Transpose
Generic synonyms: Change By Reversal, Reverse, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Map, Represent
Derivative terms: Commutation, Permutation, Permutation, Transposition

5. Verb. Exchange a penalty for a less severe one.
Exact synonyms: Convert, Exchange
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Commutation, Commutation, Exchange

6. Verb. Exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category. "They commute the money "; "Convert holdings into shares"
Exact synonyms: Change, Convert, Exchange
Specialized synonyms: Rectify, Utilize, Capitalise, Capitalize, Launder, Break
Generic synonyms: Replace
Related verbs: Change, Shift, Switch
Derivative terms: Commutation, Conversion, Convertible, Exchange, Exchanger

Definition of Commute

1. v. t. 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; hence, to lessen; to diminish; as, to commute a sentence of death to one of imprisonment for life; to commute tithes; to commute charges for fares.

2. v. i. To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.

Definition of Commute

1. Verb. (intransitive) To travel from one's home (usually in the suburbs of a city) to one's workplace (usually in the city itself, or in another city) to go to work, or ''vice versa''. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive mathematics) To engage in a commutative operation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive finance) To pay out the lump-sum present value of an annuity. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive legal criminology) To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense. ¹

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Definition of Commute

1. to exchange [v -MUTED, -MUTING, -MUTES] - See also: exchange

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Commute

commutative algebra
commutative group
commutative justice
commutator length
commutator lengths
commutator subgroup
commutator subgroups
commute (current term)
commuter belt
commuter marriage
commuter rail
commuter traffic
commuter train

Literary usage of Commute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1853)
"Persons not assenting to commute are to receive on the 5th January, 1854, £100 for £100 stock. Persons out of Europe between the 8th April and the 30th July ..."

2. The Law of Copyholds: In Reference to the Enfranchisement and Commutation of by Leonard Shelford (1858)
"MINUTE OF A MEETING AT WHICH AW AGREEMENT TO commute HAS BEEN SIGNED. Manor of ? in the county of $ Minute of At this meeting the lord [or lords] and ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"To Shafto Bridge commute»-, with regard to the proper ih i- first book, ' The School- curve which should be adopted for the arches of the new design. ..."

4. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"... or of any two of them, have power in his discretion to grant pardons, commute sentences, and remit fines and forfeitures, after conviction. ..."

5. History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the by George Ticknor Curtis (1861)
"... in which they urged the immediate adjustment of their dues, and offered to commute the half-pay for life, granted by the resolve of October, 1780, ..."

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