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commute

com·mute

commute

 
pronunciation:
k myut
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commuted, commutes, commuting
definition 1: to reduce the severity of (a prison sentence).
Because of her good behavior, the governor commuted her sentence.
similar words:
abridge, curtail, metamorphose, mitigate, reduce, shorten
definition 2: to exchange or substitute for something else.
synonyms:
exchange, substitute
similar words:
change, interchange, replace, subrogate, surrogate, transpose
definition 3: to change into something else.
An alchemist tries to commute baser metals into gold.
synonyms:
change, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmute
similar words:
alter
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to travel regularly back and forth between two points, usu. the home and workplace.
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similar words:
shuttle, travel
definition 2: to make or serve as a substitute.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a trip made by commuting.
similar words:
trip
definition 2: an act or instance of commuting.
similar words:
trip
derivation: commutable (adj.)
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The word commute contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
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mut Latin root that means change, interchange