commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody.
committed the felon to prison
entrust implies committing with trust and confidence.
the president is entrusted with broad powers
confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance.
confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney
consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality.
consigned the damaging notes to the fire
relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of.
relegated to an obscure position in the company
Examples of commit in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples on the WebJohnson initially committed to SDSU in October 2021, the highest rated of a three-man recruiting class that also included Miles Byrd and Elijah Saunders.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 Various tech luminaries committed $1 billion to the company, including Musk, who agreed to co-chair its board with Altman.—Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2023 If OpenAI is seen as a place ridden with palace intrigues that distract from deciding how best to create and disseminate humanity’s most consequential invention, top talent will be reluctant to commit.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 All three are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit financial institution fraud and five counts of theft of government property, the office said.—Phil Helsel, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 Microsoft committed to a further $10 billion investment in January.—Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Enrolling at the University of Virginia School of Law in August 2020 was a way to commit professionally, for herself and others.—Tammy Lagorce, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 The 52-year-old Israeli had pleaded guilty in April 2022 to fraud and conspiracy to commit computer hacking, as part of a deal with US prosecutors.—Chris Dolmetsch, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 His 13-year-old son was charged with five offenses, including first-degree murder while armed, carrying a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to commit murder while armed.—Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English committen "to give in trust (to), delegate authority (to), engage in," borrowed from Anglo-French committer, commettre, going back to Latin committere "to join together, engage, place in the keeping of, entrust, bring about, carry out (a crime)," from com-com- + mittere "to release, let go, send (for a purpose)" — more at admit