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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Argentina has a history of prosecuting former high-ranking military officers for crimes committed during the country’s 1970s-era military dictatorship. Jeffrey Lewis And, WSJ, "Argentine Judge Considers Investigating Saudi Crown Prince," 27 Nov. 2018 He is believed to be the only accused priest within the Seattle Archdiocese to be convicted for crimes committed in Washington. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 We have been smeared by the mainstream media for defending free expression and individual liberty for all people and for working with law enforcement to ensure that justice is served for the horrible atrocity committed in Pittsburgh. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Gab, the social media platform favored by the alleged Pittsburgh shooter, explained," 29 Oct. 2018 While civilian and military men commit suicide at higher rates than their female counterparts, according to a 2016 VA report, in 2014, the difference between soldiers and civilians was greater for women in all age groups. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 From early on, Trump wanted to publicize crimes committed against citizens by undocumented immigrants—the way the Nazis did with the Jews. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Pennsylvania pediatrician Robert Olympia and his colleagues sat through 10 superhero movies released in 2015 and 2016, cataloging each specific act of violence and noting whether it was committed by a protagonist or villain. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget movie villains—it’s the “good” superheroes that are the most violent," 9 Nov. 2018 Trump vowed rollback of climate change regulations but said he was committed to upholding clean air and clean water goals. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The biggest lie Trump tells is that he’s kept his promises," 18 Oct. 2018 Violet Whaley committed suicide in 1885, but visitors report spotting her, as well as her parents, who presumably refuse to rest in peace while their daughter still roams among the living. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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