- The process of changing one type of payment into a different form
- The act of lessening a penalty, often due to compassion or mercy
- The governor chose to commute the inmate's life sentence due to new compelling evidence.
- The company decided to commute the annual subscription payment into monthly installments for the convenience of their customers.
- In a surprising turn of events, the judge opted to commute the offender's prison time to community service hours.