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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commute \Com*mute"\ (k[o^]m*m[=u]t"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Commuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commuting}.] [L. commutare, -mutatum; com- + mutare to change. See {Mutation}.]

1. 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.

The sounds water and fire, being once annexed to those two elements, it was certainly more natural to call beings participating of the first "watery", and the last "fiery", than to commute the terms, and call them by the reverse. --J. Harris

The utmost that could be obtained was that her sentence should be commuted from burning to beheading. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Commute \Com*mute"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.

He . . . thinks it unlawful to commute, and that he is bound to pay his vow in kind. --Jer. Taylor.

2. To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part; as, to commute for a year's travel over a route.

3. to travel regularly from a place of residence to another place, such as where one's daily work is performed. Often, such travel is performed between a suburb and a nearby city; as, to commute to work. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

commute

noun

1: a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work; "there is standing room only on the high-speed commute"

verb

1: exchange positions without a change in value; "These operators commute with each other" [syn: {commute}, {transpose}]

2: travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of work and home

3: change the order or arrangement of; "Dyslexics often transpose letters in a word" [syn: {permute}, {commute}, {transpose}]

4: exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: {commute}, {convert}, {exchange}]

5: 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" [syn: {change}, {exchange}, {commute}, {convert}]


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