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English Dictionary: commute by the DICT Development Group
3 results for commute
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work; "there is standing room only on the high-speed commute"
  1. exchange positions without a change in value; "These operators commute with each other"
    Synonym(s): commute, transpose
  2. travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
  3. change the order or arrangement of; "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"
    Synonym(s): permute, commute, transpose
  4. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
    Synonym(s): commute, 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"
    Synonym(s): change, exchange, commute, convert
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Commute \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 [bd]watery[b8], and
               the last [bd]fiery[b8], 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.
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