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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And while pastel dye jobs often fade quickly—Gaga’s blue hair has already transformed into a cool silver—only time will tell if Baldwin commits to the frequent upkeep a neon shade no doubt requires. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Reveals a Dramatic New Dye Job in Los Angeles," 12 Jan. 2019 While furniture buyers still want to see large items in person before committing, e-commerce is becoming more important to browse options and eventually make a purchase. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 But, Reformation's new release is exciting because there aren't as many plus-size brands committed to ethical manufacturing. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Reformation Now Has Extended Denim Sizes," 13 Nov. 2018 We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Various US news websites blocked as Europe’s GDPR data privacy law goes into effect," 2 Oct. 2018 Extortion was the third-most common crime committed against businesses in 2017 after robbery and petty theft, according to the institute, and the second-most common crime against individuals after muggings. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "‘A Feudal Regime’: How Gangs Extort Mexico," 19 Dec. 2018 Amazon’s representatives didn’t commit to dedicating any future government subsidies to public projects. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 The gruff, 52-year-old chief financial officer had lost out on the top job weeks earlier, but had committed to staying on to help the new CEO navigate the company’s complicated structure. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 But given its difficulty level, JLo may just take the cake for committing to her mile-long train. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Zendaya and Jennifer Lopez Do the Extreme Party Dress Two Different Ways," 14 Dec. 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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