Commute vs Communicate - What's the difference?

commute | communicate |

As verbs the difference between commute and communicate

is that commute is while communicate is to impart.




  • To regularly travel from one's home to one's workplace or school, or vice versa .
  • I commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan by bicycle.
  • (finance) To pay out the lumpsum present value of an annuity, instead of paying in instalments.
  • To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by part.
  • to commute for a year's travel over a route
  • (transitive, legal, criminology) To reduce the sentence previously given for a criminal offense.
  • His prison sentence was commuted to probation.
  • To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to effect a commutation.
  • * (rfdate) Jeremy Taylor:
  • He thinks it unlawful to commute , and that he is bound to pay his vow in kind.
  • To exchange; to put or substitute something else in place of, as a smaller penalty, obligation, or payment, for a greater, or a single thing for an aggregate.
  • to commute''' tithes; to '''commute charges for fares
  • * Macaulay
  • The utmost that could be obtained was that her sentence should be commuted from burning to beheading.
  • (mathematics) Of an operation, to be commutative, i.e. to have the property that changing the order of the operands does not change the result.
  • A pair of matrices share the same set of eigenvectors if and only if they commute .

    Derived terms

    * commuter * commuting


    (en noun)
  • A regular journey to or from a place of employment, such as work or school.
  • The route, time or distance of that journey.
  • communicate



  • To impart
  • # To impart or transmit (information or knowledge) (to) someone; to make known, to tell.
  • It is vital that I communicate this information to you.
  • # To impart or transmit (an intangible quantity, substance); to give a share of.
  • to communicate motion by means of a crank
  • #* Jeremy Taylor
  • Where God is worshipped, there he communicates his blessings and holy influences.
  • # To pass on (a disease) to another person, animal etc.
  • The disease was mainly communicated via rats and other vermin.
  • To share
  • # (obsolete) To share (in); to have in common, to partake of.
  • We shall now consider those functions of intelligence which man communicates with the higher beasts.
  • #* Ben Jonson
  • thousands that communicate our loss
  • # (Christianity) To receive the bread and wine at a celebration of the Eucharist; to take part in Holy Communion.
  • #* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 148:
  • The ‘better sort’ might communicate on a separate day; and in some parishes even the quality of the communion wine varied with the social quality of the recipients.
  • # (Christianity) To administer the Holy Communion to (someone).
  • #* Jeremy Taylor
  • She [the church] may communicate him.
  • # To express or convey ideas, either through verbal or nonverbal means; to have intercourse, to exchange information.
  • Many deaf people communicate with sign language.
  • I feel I hardly know him; I just wish he'd communicate with me a little more.
  • # To be connected (with) (another room, vessel etc.) by means of an opening or channel.
  • The living room communicates with the back garden by these French windows.
  • Hyponyms

    * See also