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1 [no object] travel some distance between one’s home and place of work on a regular basis:she commuted from Westport in to Grand Central Station 2 [with object] reduce (a judicial sentence, especially a sentence of death) to one less severe:the governor recently commuted the sentences of dozens of women convicted of killing their husbands
(commute something for/into
) change one kind of payment or obligation for (another).
replace (an annuity or other series of payments) with a single payment:if he had commuted some of his pension, he would have received $330,000 3 [no object] Mathematics (of two operations or quantities) have a commutative relationship.
a regular journey of some distance to and from one’s place of work.