commit

verb
com·​mit | \ kə-ˈmit How to pronounce commit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce committable (audio) \ 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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One effect of this parceling out was that reading the novel of adultery began to resemble committing adultery: the slow unfolding of a stranger’s character, the agonizing sense of being at the mercy of another’s whims. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019 Since then, the Grammy-winning artist has cut alcohol from his life and committed himself to fitness. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Tim McGraw Opens Up About His Dramatic 40-Pound Weight Loss," 6 Mar. 2019 Last year, Textile Exchange announced that 36 major brands, including Adidas, Timberland, and Levi’s, had signed a pledge committing to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh committed the act while she was intoxicated during a drinking game in the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump calls new Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’ stands by nominee," 2 Oct. 2018 But as of last June, closed-end real-estate vehicles launched in 2013 and 2014 still held $24.8 billion in dry powder, capital committed by investors that has yet to be spent, according to research and data firm Preqin Ltd. ... Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Real-Estate Funds Have a Problem: Too Much Cash," 26 Mar. 2019 Those documents exposed what some have called war crimes committed by the United States military. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Has Been Imprisoned for Resisting a Grand Jury Investigation. Here’s Why She Should Be Freed," 11 Mar. 2019 Goffard originally came across the story after learning that the police in Newport Beach, California, were investigating a possible murder, and discovered a trail of abuse and deceitful behavior committed by Meehan. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Dirty John: Everything You Need to Know About the New Bravo Show," 25 Oct. 2018 Lori reportedly faces a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "Lori Loughlin Allegedly Paid $500,000 in Bribes to Get Her Daughters Into College — Here's What We Know About the Girls," 15 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce commit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce commit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce committable (audio) \ 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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