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commuteverb

 us   /kəˈmjut/
  • commute verb (TRAVEL)

[I] to ​travelregularly a ​distance between ​work and ​home: She commutes to the ​city by ​car every ​day.
  • commute verb (CHANGE)

[T] to ​change a ​punishment into another that is less ​severe: The ​governor commuted the ​sentence and ​released the ​prisoner.
commute
noun [C]  us   /kəˈmjut/
The commute is not too ​bad – just over an ​hour.
commuter
noun [C]  us   /kəˈmjut̬·ər/
The 5:30 ​train is always ​packed with commuters.
(Definition of commute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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commuteverb

uk   /kəˈmjuːt/  us   /kəˈmjuːt/
  • commute verb (CHANGE)

[T] formal to ​change one thing into another: People used to ​believe that you could commute ​basemetals intogold.
[T] specialized finance & economics to ​exchange one ​type of ​payment for a different ​type: I ​think I'll commute my ​lifeinsurance into an ​annuity.
[T] specialized law to ​change a ​punishment to one that is less ​severe: Her ​sentence was commuted fromdeath tolifeimprisonment.

commutenoun [C]

uk   /kəˈmjuːt/  us   /kəˈmjuːt/ informal
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commuteverb

uk   us   /kəˈmjuːt/
[I] TRANSPORT to make the same journey ​regularly from ​home to ​work: He commuted every day, back and forth, an hour and 20 ​minutes each way. Debbie ​works for an ​investmentbank and is presently commuting between Paris and Luxemburg. Duffy has commuted from Windsor to London for the past seven ​years.
[T] FINANCE, INSURANCE to ​exchange one ​type of ​payment or ​investment for another ​type: Pensioners who commute their ​pension for a ​lumpsum sometimes face huge ​losses.
[T] LAW to ​replace a punishment with a less severe one: Davis still faces ​execution unless the parole ​board commutes his sentence tolife in prison.

commutenoun [C]

uk   us   /kəˈmjuːt/
TRANSPORT a journey that someone does ​regularly from ​home to ​work: a 90 minute/50km/30 mile commute Every morning during his 85-mile commute he has plenty of ​time to ​think about the day ​ahead.a daily/weekly commute Cutting out the ​daily commute is the most obvious ​attraction of ​teleworking.a long/short commute The ​surveyprovidesevidence that low-paid ​workers are ​forced to endure ​long commutes into the ​capital.
(Definition of commute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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