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Meaning of COMMUTE

Pronunciation:  ku'myoot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  transpose and remain equal in value; of variables or operators, in mathematics; "These operators commute with each other"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  4. [v]  change the order or arrangement of; "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"
  5. [v]  travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home

COMMUTE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: change, convert, exchange, permute, transpose, travel back and forth
 See Also: alter, break, capitalise, capitalize, change by reversal, jaunt, launder, live out, map, rectify, replace, represent, reverse, sleep out, travel, trip, turn, utilize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com*mute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commuted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Commuting}.] [L. commutare, -mutatum; com- + mutare
    to change. See {Mutation}.]
    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.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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