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1  —as in:
commute from New Jersey
Definition regular travel — such as between home and work
  • She has a long commute to work.
commute = regular travel between home and work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Audiobooks make the commute from home to school interesting.
  • commute = regular travel between two locations
  • The study shows that the time needed for average commute has increased again.
  • commute = regular travel between home and work
  • The soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors, Coast Guardsmen, cadets, and everyone else in front of me began to shuffle their feet toward the door; it reminded me of commuters leaving a packed subway car, an odd resonance as I approached the open door two thousand feet in the air.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • commuters = people traveling between home and work
  • And the commute was quite easy now that the Labyrinth is back in service.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • commute = regular journey
  • You can commute to Penn; you know how easy it is.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • commute = regularly travel back and forth
  • At the time he wrote these words, he was holding down a full-time job, flipping Quarter Pounders at a McDonald's on the main drag, commuting to work on a bicycle.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • commuting = travelling
  • The announcer got a lot of mileage out of the story, going on about the rubes with their clunker of a vehicle and yapping dog who were making thousands of New York commuters late for work.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • commuters = people traveling between home and work
  • I'll only be a twenty-minute train ride from your school, and I'll make the commute to see you every night.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • commute = regular journey
  • Valentine, it costs more money than your father will make in his lifetime for me to fly to Earth and back to the Battle School again. I don't commute casually.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
commute = travel back and forth

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2  —as in:
commute the sentence
Definition to exchange a penalty for one that is less severe
  • The governor commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment.
commuted = exchanged a penalty for one that is less severe
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She asked for commutation as an act of mercy.
  • commutation = reduction of a penalty
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The Justice Department strongly opposed the petition, but the President commuted the 12-year sentence—cutting it in half.
  • commuted = exchange a penalty for one that is less severe
  • Some death sentences were later commuted; 920 men were eventually executed.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • commuted = reduced
  • "He'll go to the chair," said Atticus, "unless the Governor commutes his sentence."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • commutes = exchanges a punishment for a less severe punishment
  • The problem was so significant in Illinois that in 2003, Governor George Ryan, a Republican, citing the unreliability of capital punishment, commuted the death sentences of all 167 people on death row.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • commuted = reduced
  • And there was the Quack, who was petitioning to have his death penalty commuted.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • commuted = reduced
  • He was initially sentenced to life imprisonment, but his sentence was commuted to twenty years in 1973, of which he served only ten.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in spite of the violent recriminations of Ursula, refused to commute the sentence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But the doctor, a Captain Ono, asked the commanding officer if he would commute the sentence and give the man over to him, for purposes of instruction.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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3  —as in:
commutative property of addition
Definition math:  the order in which two numbers are added or multiplied does not change their sum or product (2+3=3+2) and (4x7=7x4)
  • As in math, the commutative property works for this recipe. The order in which you add the ingredients doesn't matter.
commutative property = the order in which two numbers are added or multiplied does not change their sum or product (2+3=3+2) and (4x7=7x4)
  • The commutative property for multiplication is a lot like that of addition.
commutative property = the order in which two numbers are multiplied does not change their sum or product (4x7=7x4)

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See a comprehensive dictionary for less common senses of commute such as changing one thing for another as in:  "It was once believed that the philosopher's stone would commute lead to gold."
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