II. commute2 BrE AmE noun [countable usually singular]
the journey to work every day:
My morning commute takes 45 minutes.
the journey that a person makes when they commute to work
• a two-hour commute into downtown Washington
• I have only a short commute to work.
• Today most commutes are not suburb to city to suburb but from one suburb to another.
late Middle English (in the sense ‘interchange (two things)’): from Latin commutare, from com- ‘altogether’ + mutare ‘to change’. Sense 1 originally meant to buy and use a commutation ticket, the US term for a season ticket (because the daily fare is commuted to a single payment).
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
commute / kəˈmjuːt / noun [ C ] informal
a regular journey between work and home:
It's at least an hour's commute to work.
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commutes, commuting, commuted
1) VERB If you commute, you travel a long distance every day between your home and your place of work.
[V to/from n] Mike commutes to London every day...
[V between n and n] McLaren began commuting between Paris and London...
He's going to commute.
commuter plural N-COUNT The number of commuters to London has dropped by 100,000. ...a commuter train.
2) N-COUNT A commute is the journey that you make when you commute. [mainly AM]
The average Los Angeles commute is over 60 miles a day.
3) VERB: usu passive If a death sentence or prison sentence is commuted to a less serious punishment, it is changed to that punishment.
[be V-ed to n] His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment...
[be V-ed] Prison sentences have been commuted.
2commute noun, pl -mutes [count] : the journey that you make when you travel to or from a place that you go to regularly (such as the place where you work) - usually singular
• She has a long commute to work/school.
• There is always a lot of traffic on my morning commute.