Definitions of commute

  1. travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home
  2. transpose and remain equal in value; of variables or operators, in mathematics; " These operators commute with each other"
  3. 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"
  4. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  5. change the order or arrangement of; " Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word"
  6. transpose and remain equal in value; " These operators commute with each other"
  7. 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.
  8. To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.
  9. To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part; as, to commute for a year's travel over a route.
  10. To exchange; substitute; in electrical usage, to alter, as a current; reduce the severity of; as, the governor was asked to commute the prisoner's sentence.
  11. To pay in gross, at a reduced rate, as railroad fare.
  12. To exchange: to exchange a punishment for one less severe.
  13. To exchange; exchange a penalty or rate.
  14. To reduce to something less.
  15. To pay at a reduced rate.
  16. To exchange; to substitute one penalty or punishment for another of less severity; to substitute one kind of payment for another.
  17. To pay in one kind of way for another.
  18. To put one thing in the place of another; to mitigate; to change a penalty or punishment to one less severe.

Usage examples for commute

  1. Sometimes it was rumoured that the governor was going to commute the sentence to imprisonment for life; then the rumour was contradicted. – Revenge! by by Robert Barr
  2. Had the Board refused to commute my sentence after hearing the argument, another attempt could be made later on. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman