Definition of commit
1a : 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 (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
2 : to carry into action deliberately : perpetrate <commit a crime> <commit a sin>
3a : 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>
1 obsolete : to perpetrate an offense
2 : to obligate or pledge oneself
committableplay \-ˈmi-tə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of commit
Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of commit
COMMIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commit for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of commit for Students
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.>
Legal Definition of commit
1 a : 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 Hospital — In 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 seas — U.S. Constitution art. I>
: to obligate or bind oneself <would not commit to the irrevocable order>
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