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commute

verb uk   /kəˈmjuːt/ us  

commute verb (TRAVEL)

C1 [I] to make the same journey regularly between work and home: It's exhausting commuting from Brighton to London every day.

commute verb (CHANGE)

[T] formal to change one thing into another: People used to believe that you could commute base metals into gold. [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. [T] specialized law to change a punishment to one that is less severe: Her sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment.

commute

noun [C] uk   /kəˈmjuːt/ informal us  
a regular journey between work and home: It's at least an hour's commute to work.
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