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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commutes, commuting, commuted
definition 1: to reduce the severity of (a prison sentence).
Because of her good behavior, the governor commuted her sentence.
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abridge, curtail, metamorphose, mitigate, reduce, shorten
definition 2: to exchange or substitute for something else.
exchange, substitute
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change, interchange, replace, subrogate, surrogate, transpose
definition 3: to change into something else.
An alchemist tries to commute baser metals into gold.
change, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmute
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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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shuttle, travel
definition 2: to make or serve as a substitute.
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adverb + (v.)commute bad, daily, easy, faster, long
(v.)commute + adverb downtown, forth, home, practically, regularly
(v.)commute + nounHelp automobile, bay, bicycle, bike, bus, campus, car, city, clot, congestion, cost, death, distance, employment, errand, expense, ferry, freeway, gridlock, headquarters, highway, home, hour, imprisonment, job, lane, loop, metro, mile, minute, motorcycle, peninsula, plain, prison, rail, rehearsal, sentence, shopping, suburb, subway, traffic, train, transit, tuition, weekend [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a trip made by commuting.
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definition 2: an act or instance of commuting.
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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 ."
mut Latin root that means change, interchange