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. Kim Chol Jin:

    My wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.

  2. Kim Chol Jin:

    You can carry luggage, my wife bought me this to help shorten my commute.

  3. David Weinstock:

    It's going to become an almost two-hour commute each way, on top of 10-hour work days.

  4. Paul Wiedefeld:

    Any service change in the plan that could affect your commute will receive ample notice.

  5. Regina Smith:

    We don't have any way to commute. I live way out, so the subway is the only way to get in.

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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
  • पहननाHindi
  • ingázik, kommutálHungarian
  • fare il pendolare, commutareItalian
  • 通う, 通勤Japanese
  • pendelenDutch
  • dojeżdżaćPolish
  • коммутировать, ездитьRussian
  • pendla, kommuteraSwedish

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