- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to travel regularly by bus, train, car, etc. between your place of work and your home commute (from A) (to B) She commutes from Palo Alto to San Francisco every day. commute between A and B He spent that year commuting between New York and Chicago. I live within commuting distance ofAtlanta. commute something People are prepared to commute long distances if they are desperate for work.
- 2[transitive] commute something (to something) (law) to replace one punishment with another that is less severe The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
- 3[transitive] commute something (for/into something) (finance) to exchange one form of payment for something else
NAmE//kəˈmyut//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they commute
he / she / it commutes
past simple commuted
-ing form commuting