Simple Definition of commit
: to do (something that is illegal or harmful)
: to decide to use (a person, money, etc.) for some particular purpose or use
: to say that (someone or something) will definitely do something : to make (someone or something) obligated to do something
Full Definition of commit
1 a : to put into charge or trust : entrust b : to place in a prison or mental institution c : to consign or record for preservation <commit it to memory> d : to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping e : to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
2 : to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate <commit a crime>
3 a : obligate, bind <a contract committing the company to complete the project on time> b : to pledge or assign to some particular course or use <commit all troops to the attack> c : to reveal the views of <refused to commit himself on the issue>
1 obsolete : to perpetrate an offense
2 : to obligate or pledge oneself
Examples of commit
The massacre was committed by the rebel army.
The contract commits the company to finishing the bridge by next fall.
He keeps delaying his decision because he doesn't want to commit himself.
They have not yet committed to a particular course of action.
Origin of commit
Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of commit
Rhymes with commit
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