commute

A commute is a journey you take from home to work and back again. You might enjoy your subway commute because it gives you lots of time to read.

Your commute is your trip to work, and the verb commute describes making that trip — like your preference to commute by public bus. Another meaning of commute describes changing the length of a judicial sentence, like when a judge commutes someone's time in jail. You can see this meaning in the word's origin — the Latin word commutare, meaning "to change altogether."

Primary Meanings of commute

1.
nv
a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work
travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
2.
v
exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
Full Definitions of commute
1

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

“there is standing room only on the high-speed commute
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

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

Types:
live out, sleep out
work in a house where one does not live
Type of:
jaunt, travel, trip
make a trip for pleasure
2

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

Synonyms:
change, convert, exchange
change, shift, switch
lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
Types:
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rectify
convert into direct current
utilize
convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)
capitalise, capitalize
convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital
launder
convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
break
exchange for smaller units of money
overcapitalise, overcapitalize
capitalize beyond what the business or the profit-making prospects warrant
Type of:
replace
substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)

v exchange a penalty for a less severe one

Synonyms:
convert, exchange
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v exchange positions without a change in value

“These operators commute with each other”
Synonyms:
transpose
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v change the order or arrangement of

Synonyms:
permute, transpose
Types:
map, represent
to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

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