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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Recent Examples on the Web

New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has been reluctant to commit to details about what the team's offense will look like. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Kyler Murray impressed Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald with leadership on Day 1," 15 July 2019 Amazon also has committed to paying $15 per hour for all full-time employees, as well as offering healthcare and paid leave. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Amazon warehouse workers around the world are striking for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The Reds committed three errors, which contributed to four unearned runs in a 10-9 loss to the Colorado Rockies in front of 40,624 fans at Coors Field. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Defensive mistakes add up in the Cincinnati Reds' loss to the Colorado Rockies," 14 July 2019 Advocates have called for stronger oversight of the implementation by both the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department and say Congress and the Trump administration need to fully commit to providing the necessary funding. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Barr: Justice Department is ‘all in’ on criminal justice overhaul," 13 July 2019 Jeffrey Epstein may have committed crimes in more places than investigators first thought. Laura Podesta, CBS News, "Jeffrey Epstein investigation expands into private island and New Mexico," 13 July 2019 Sure, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has committed to challenging Trump for the GOP nomination. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "History suggests Trump will be tough to beat in 2020," 13 July 2019 No, this committed performer did a grand jeté in front of the lens. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Photobombs Margot Robbie in the Most Extra Way Possible," 12 July 2019 None of the training programs will require employees to commit to staying at Amazon, but research suggests that training schemes can boost morale and may mean that employees are less likely to leave a company anyway. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon to spend $700 million retraining a third of its US workforce by 2025," 11 July 2019

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 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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