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English definition of “commute”

commute

verb (CHANGE)    /kəˈmjuːt/
[T] formal to change one thing into another: People used to believe that you could commute base metals into gold .ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently [T] specialized finance & economics to exchange one type of payment for a different type : I think I'll commute my life insurance into an annuity .Replacing and exchanging [T] specialized law to change a punishment to one that is less severe : Her sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment .Not punishing and reducing punishment
(Definition of commute verb (CHANGE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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