commit

verb
com·mit | \kə-ˈmit \
committed; committing

Definition of commit 

transitive verb

1 : to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate commit a crime commit a sin

2a : obligate, bind a contract committing the company to complete the project on time in a committed relationship

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

3a : to put into charge or trust : entrust commit all executive, legislative, and judicial powers to one man …— Arthur T. Vanderbilt

b : to place in a prison or mental institution The patient was committed by the court to a mental hospital. He was committed to the state penitentiary for 10 years

c : to consign or record for preservation commit it to memory

d : to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping The chaplain committed the sailor's body to the deep.

e : to refer (something, such as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report

intransitive verb

1 : to obligate or pledge oneself

2 obsolete : to perpetrate an offense

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Other Words from commit

committable \kə-ˈmi-tə-bəl \ adjective

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commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. 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.
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Undocumented immigrants who commit crimes are arrested and charged like anybody else in the city would be. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The truth about Lawrence," 14 July 2018 The blame for election interference belongs to the criminals who committed election interference. Philip Rucker, chicagotribune.com, "After being told of Russia indictments, Trump still aspired to be friends with Putin," 13 July 2018 Wednesday's Sun-Times had a somber story by Fran Spielman about Brandon Krueger, a 36-year-old police officer who committed suicide last Sunday while sitting in his squad car in the parking lot of the Calumet District station. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 Not least among them count the hundreds of islanders who committed suicide, as directed by Emperor Hirohito, who advised them that this would be preferable to surrender. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Pacific War in Color: The Enemy Underground’ Review: War, Vividly Rendered," 12 July 2018 Under Promise, students who commit petty vandalism or theft, harassment, fight or other minor crimes or violations are referred to the off-campus program for two-to-10 days. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Official: Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun," 10 July 2018 Jones, who has committed to play at Vanderbilt, will be joined in the game by Ramona pitcher/third baseman Derek Diamond and Cathedral Catholic outfielder Garrett Frechette. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Costa Canyon star Jones excited about All-American Classic at Petco," 10 July 2018 The second player is believed to be Silvio De Sousa, who committed to Kansas on Aug. 30, 2017, according to media reports. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Report: Kansas has been subpoenaed in the FBI basketball investigation," 10 July 2018 Obama officials later instructed ICE to prioritize arresting immigrants who had committed serious crimes, were considered national security threats, or had been ordered recently to leave the country for immigration violations. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'commit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of commit

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

History and Etymology for commit

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

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commit

verb

English Language Learners 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

commit

verb
com·mit | \kə-ˈmit \
committed; committing

Kids Definition of commit

1 : to bring about : perform commit a crime

2 : to make secure or put in safekeeping : entrust “… I must commit a friend's life to your discretion.”— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped

3 : to place in or send to a prison or mental hospital

4 : to pledge to do some particular thing When asked if he would volunteer, he wouldn't commit himself.

Other Words from commit

commitment \-mənt \ noun
com·mit | \kə-ˈmit \
committed; committing

Medical Definition of commit 

: to place in a prison or mental institution a patient committed by the court to a state hospital

Other Words from commit

committable \-ˈmit-ə-bəl \ adjective

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commit

verb
com·mit
committed; committing

Legal Definition of commit 

transitive verb

1a : to put into another's charge or trust : entrust, consign committed her children to her sister's care

b : to place in a prison or mental hospital especially by judicial order was found to be gravely disabled and was involuntarily committed to the Central Louisiana State HospitalIn the Matter of K.G., 531 So. 2d 575 (1988) — compare institutionalize, interdict

c : to send (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report commit the crime bill to the joint committee

2 : to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seasU.S. Constitution art. I

3 : obligate, bind

intransitive verb

: to obligate or bind oneself would not commit to the irrevocable order

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