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 for commute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commute \Com*mute"\ (k[o^]m*m[=u]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Commuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Commuting.] [L. commutare,
     -mutatum; com- + mutare to change. See Mutation.]
     1. 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; hence, to
        lessen; to diminish; as, to commute a sentence of death to
        one of imprisonment for life; to commute tithes; to
        commute charges for fares.
        [1913 Webster]
              The sounds water and fire, being once annexed to
              those two elements, it was certainly more natural to
              call beings participating of the first "watery", and
              the last "fiery", than to commute the terms, and
              call them by the reverse.             --J. Harris
        [1913 Webster]
              The utmost that could be obtained was that her
              sentence should be commuted from burning to
              beheading.                            --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commute \Com*mute"\, v. i.
     1. To obtain or bargain for exemption or substitution; to
        effect a commutation.
        [1913 Webster]
              He . . . thinks it unlawful to commute, and that he
              is bound to pay his vow in kind.      --Jer. Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To pay, or arrange to pay, in gross instead of part by
        part; as, to commute for a year's travel over a route.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. to travel regularly from a place of residence to another
        place, such as where one's daily work is performed. Often,
        such travel is performed between a suburb and a nearby
        city; as, to commute to work.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a regular journey of some distance to and from your place
           of work; "there is standing room only on the high-speed
      v 1: exchange positions without a change in value; "These
           operators commute with each other" [syn: commute,
      2: travel back and forth regularly, as between one's place of
         work and home
      3: change the order or arrangement of; "Dyslexics often
         transpose letters in a word" [syn: permute, commute,
      4: exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: commute,
         convert, exchange]
      5: exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or
         category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He
         changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches";
         "convert holdings into shares" [syn: change, exchange,
         commute, convert]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "commute":
     alternate, bandy, be quits with, change, change for, compensate,
     compound for, convert, cooperate, counterchange, course,
     cover ground, dub in, exchange, fare, fare forth, fetch, flit,
     flow, gang, get back at, get even with, give and take,
     give place to, go, go along, hie, interchange, logroll,
     make do with, make way for, metamorphose, move, move along,
     move on, offer in exchange, pass, pay back, permute, progress,
     put up with, reciprocate, redeem, requite, respond, retaliate,
     return, return the compliment, ring in, roll, roll on, run, sashay,
     shift with, stream, substitute, swap, switch, take in exchange,
     trade, transfer, transfigure, translate, transmogrify, transmute,
     transpose, travel, wayfare, wend

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