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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: commutare 'to exchange, change', from com- ( COM-) + mutare 'to change'

commute

1 verb
     
com‧mute1
1 [intransitive] to regularly travel a long distance to get to work
commute to/from/between
Jim commutes to Manhattan every day.
2SCL

commute a sentence (to something)

technical to change the punishment given to a criminal to one that is less severe:
Baldry's 20-year prison sentence was commuted to three years.
3

commute something for/into something

technical to exchange one thing, especially one kind of payment, for another:
He commuted his pension for a lump sum.

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