What does commute mean?

Definitions for commutekəˈmyut

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word commute.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commute(verb)

    a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work

    "there is standing room only on the high-speed commute"

  2. commute, transpose(verb)

    exchange positions without a change in value

    "These operators commute with each other"

  3. commute(verb)

    travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home

  4. permute, commute, transpose(verb)

    change the order or arrangement of

    "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"

  5. commute, convert, exchange(verb)

    exchange a penalty for a less severe one

  6. change, exchange, commute, convert(verb)

    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"


  1. Commute(v. i.)

    to travel regularly from a place of residence to another place, such as where one's daily work is performed. Often, such travel is performed between a suburb and a nearby city; as, to commute to work.


  1. commute(Verb)

    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.

  2. commute(Verb)

    To engage in a commutative operation.

  3. commute(Verb)

    To pay out the lump-sum present value of an annuity.

  4. commute(Verb)

    To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense.

  5. Origin: From commuto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commute(verb)

    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. Commute(verb)

    to obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation

  3. Commute(verb)

    to pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part; as, to commute for a year's travel over a route

  4. Origin: [L. commutare, -mutatum; com- + mutare to change. See Mutation.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commute

    kom-ūt′, v.t. to exchange: to exchange a punishment for one less severe.—n. Commutabil′ity.—adj. Commut′able, that may be commuted or exchanged.—n. Commutā′tion, the act of commuting: change or exchange of one thing for another: the change of a penalty or rate from a greater to a less.—adj. Commū′tative (or Comm′), relating to exchange: interchangeable.—adv. Commū′tatively.—n. Comm′utātor, an apparatus attached to many electric machines for reversing the currents.—adj. Commut′ual, mutual. [L. commutārecom, with mutāre, to change.]

Editors Contribution

  1. commute

    To change the length of a judicial sentence decreed in a court of law.

    The president reviewed all the case data, evidence and facts and was obliged to grant a presidential pardon.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lissa Minkin:

    Not having a long commute makes a huge positive impact on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

  2. Michael Maggy:

    Everyone is careful, but they've allowed children to go to schools. They've allowed people to commute to work, they've made us feel as secure as possible in this temporary new reality.

  3. Ashley Whillans:

    In my personal life, my husband started taking a toll route that was a little more expensive so his commute would be shorter. We know that longer commuters generally make us unhappier.

  4. Brad Adams:

    Rather than confronting the inherent cruelty of capital punishment, Pakistani officials are puzzling over how to hang a man in a wheelchair, the government should urgently commute Abdul Basit's sentence.

  5. Andrew Schneider:

    I'm grateful to you. If it weren't for you, I'd be in Cicely right now and I'd still be running that rat race, still locked in that commute. I'd be totally stressed, I'd be totally ignorant of what my life could be. I'm happier now than I've ever been.

Images & Illustrations of commute

Translations for commute

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • commutarCatalan, Valencian
  • kommutere, pendleDanish
  • vertauschbar, kommutativ, pendeln, hin- und herfahrenGerman
  • conmutar, viajar del trabajo, viajar al trabajo, pendularSpanish
  • kommutoida, työmatka, [[maksaa#Finnish, lieventää, muuntaa, käydä töissä, tinkiä, vaihtaa, [[suorittaa]] [[kertamaksu]]Finnish
  • faire la navette, commuterFrench
  • ingázik, kommutálHungarian
  • fare il pendolare, commutareItalian
  • 通う, 通勤Japanese
  • pendelenDutch
  • dojeżdżaćPolish
  • коммутировать, ездитьRussian
  • pendla, kommuteraSwedish

Get even more translations for commute »


Find a translation for the commute definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these commute definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"commute." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/commute>.

Are we missing a good definition for commute? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for commute:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.