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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
long-distance travel/journey/flight/commuting etc
within travelling/commuting/driving distance of sth (=near enough to make travel to or from a place possible)
▪ The job was not within travelling distance of my home.
▪ He insisted their sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment.
▪ Her batting average there: five stays of execution, one commuted to life in prison, and two men freed completely.
▪ King Hussein and the Prime Minister had the right to commute the death sentences.
▪ In 1979, President Carter commuted her seven-year sentence for bank robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
▪ De Graaff commuted the sentence to two years, and in actuality Sukarno was released on 15 December 1931.
▪ Since then it has been the practice to commute the sentence on Western expatriates to imprisonment followed by deportation.
▪ The Head of State commuted the sentences to 15 years' imprisonment.
▪ I don't mind commuting on the train as long as I have a good book to read.
▪ Kendall commutes into the city every day from Waltham.
▪ He had moved to Penzance in Cornwall, commuting to London for work.
▪ Many may eventually be able to work from home rather than commute to an office.
▪ One of my busboys commutes from a rented house in Fairfield.
▪ Some commute long distances while others work close to home.
▪ With such equipment, staff could work from home instead of commuting to offices.
▪ Traffic congestion during peak commute hours is terrible.
▪ Now, my father has a tiring job, a long commute, and a house to rehabilitate besides.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Commute \Com*mute"\, v. i.

  1. To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.

    He . . . thinks it unlawful to commute, and that he is bound to pay his vow in kind.
    --Jer. Taylor.

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

  3. 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.


Commute \Com*mute"\ (k[o^]m*m[=u]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Commuting.] [L. commutare, -mutatum; com- + mutare to change. See Mutation.] 1. 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.

The sounds water and fire, being once annexed to those two elements, it was certainly more natural to call beings participating of the first ``watery'', and the last ``fiery'', than to commute the terms, and call them by the reverse.
--J. Harris

The utmost that could be obtained was that her sentence should be commuted from burning to beheading.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A regular journey to or from a place of employment, such as work or school. 2 The route, time or distance of that journey. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To regularly travel from one's home to one's workplace or school, or ''vice versa''. 2 (context intransitive mathematics English) Of an operation, to be commutative, i.e. to have the property that changing the order of the operands does not change the result. 3 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. 4 # (context transitive finance English) To pay out the lumpsum present value of an annuity, instead of paying in instalments. 5 # (context intransitive English) To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part. 6 # (context transitive legal criminology English) To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense. 7 # (context intransitive English) To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.

  1. v. transpose and remain equal in value; "These operators commute with each other" [syn: transpose]

  2. travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home [syn: travel back and forth]

  3. change the order or arrangement of; "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word" [syn: permute, transpose]

  4. exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: convert, exchange]

  5. 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" [syn: change, exchange, convert]


Commute, commutation or commutative may refer to:

  • Commuting, the process of travelling between a place of residence and a place of work
  • Commutative property, a property of a mathematical operation whose result is insensitive to the order of its arguments
    • Equivariant map, a function whose composition with another function has the commutative property
    • Commutative diagram, a graphical description of commuting compositions of arrows in a mathematical category
    • Commutative semigroup, commutative monoid, abelian group, and commutative ring, algebraic structures with the commutative property
    • Commuting matrices, sets of matrices whose products do not depend on the order of multiplication
  • Commutation of sentence, a reduction in severity of punishment
  • Commutation (neurophysiology), how certain neural circuits in the brain exhibit noncommutativity
  • Commutation, a synonym for switching in computer networking and telecommunications
  • Commutation, the action of applying currents or voltages to the proper electrical motor phases so as to produce optimum motor torque at a motor's shaft. See Commutator (electric).
  • Commutation, where a member of a pension scheme gives up part or their entire pension in exchange for an immediate lump sum payment. It is also known as a cash option.

Usage examples of "commute".

Muravieff has performed in achieving a level of quality education for the inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility, and because he feels she has contributed substantially to the lowest rate of recidivism for a corrections facility in the state and one of the lowest rates in the nation, because Victoria Bannister Muravieff has set a standard for community service under the most difficult of conditions, with a selfless disregard for her own situation and a commitment to the rehabilitation of people the rest of us have given up on long ago, the governor has decided to commute her sentence to time served.

He joined the Company himself as an apprentice at Cartwright in 1898 and spent six years commuting between Rigolet and North West River, the wilderness posts once managed by Donald Smith.

Today, an average of 25,000 people use the trains for round-trip commutes to work, shopping and special events.

Shortly, he was aboard a thermosealed interbuilding commute car, on his way to downtown New York City and P.

Soon after driving by his own home, commercial zoning replaced residential property, followed by mini-farms, tracts of five to twenty acres owned by the more successful retailers in town and some commuting professionals out of Tyler.

The location would mean a ten-mile commute for Celia on the days she went to Felding-Roth at Boonton, but since most of her sales calls were in other parts of New Jersey, the distance was not important.

Judy would have thought these towns were way too far up the Hudson for people to live there and commute to work in Manhattan.

People commute to London from there now, and, of course, to other towns.

It must once have been really rural, but I should think most of the inhabitants commute now.

Finally the Board recommended that the governor not commute the sentences of the two Purple gangsters.

Governor Swainson decided to commute the sentence of Phil Keywell and several other lifer convicts as one of his last acts in office.

Okay, they made commuting hell and you had to live your life by the ferry schedule to get to and from the islands in the Sound.

While the rest of the world carries onmillions of people jostling on city streets, dolphins panicking in tuna nets, elephants falling to the poachers' spray of machine gun fire, hands raised in the stock exchanges of Paris, New York, Tokyo, students in ten thousand classrooms listening, lovers writhing, merchants hawking, insects rubbingwhile all of my friends go about their day, and presidents sign bills into law, and consumers consume, and commuters commute.

Similar to the food carts of fifty years earlier, most of the new Castles were built within sight of a factory or in an otherwise industrialized area, whereas White Tower built most of its restaurants along the trolley lines frequented by commuting workers.

It was the chicest, most exclusive world in the planetary system, handy for commuting to other planets, yet far enough away from the riff-raff to be ideal for the mega-rich.