commute-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: Exchange one item for another of similar type or category.

These operators commute with each other.
Could you commute my dollars into pounds?
I commuted my holdings into shares.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 5

Sense Number 2: Travel back and forth regularly, usually to work.

He commuted 100 miles each day just to get to work.
Thousands of people commute to the city each day.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Travel
PropBank: commute.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: Exchange a penalty for a less severe one.

NOTE: Could be considered a subsense of Sense 1; use this sense for legal frames.

The judge commuted Mary's sentence for killing John to time served.
My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Commutation
PropBank: commute.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4