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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No one has been charged, Ahern said, and police Internal Affairs officers are investigating whether a crime was committed. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Days after cleared in bar beating, Chicago cop Robert Rialmo involved in another fight," 13 July 2018 Texas A&M commit Kenyon Green landed on Dave Campbell's elite Super Team offense as a first-team offensive lineman. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Hastings PG Tatiyanna Riley competes in all-star game," 13 July 2018 Reinking was arrested after a 34-hour manhunt and is now charged with four counts of criminal homicide as well as four counts of attempted homicide and one count of using a firearm while committing a dangerous felony, according to The Tennessean. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Waitress helped save Waffle House shooting survivor. His mom bought her wedding dress," 12 July 2018 The biggest hurdle of all is that Britain’s two main political parties are still committed to Brexit. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 Our leaders of the two political parties continue to be persauded by extreme views, which drive out the many voices of those who are truly committed to realistic policies for the majority of individuals. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 April Isenhower, a spokeswoman for Microsoft, said that the company had long been committed to privacy, including pushing for a national consumer privacy law in the United States since 2005. New York Times, "Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Somehow, still, after all of this, fans of the thread remained adamant that no wrong had been committed. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 The controversy was likely among the factors that led to the ouster of three council incumbents in 2011, but an Arizona Attorney General's Office investigation found no crime was committed. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert will auction off land it was blasted for overpaying for nearly a decade ago," 12 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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