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

Choose the Right Synonym for commit

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 Thomas Manzo, 55, and John Perna, 43, were charged with allegedly committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime, according to an indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. NBC News, "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star's ex hired mobster to assault her husband, authorities allege," 30 June 2020 The flogged were most often farm hands or unskilled laborers, were often whipped multiple times and were also not less likely to commit another crime — undercutting the idea that the post was a deterrent, Caldwell argued. Xerxes Wilson, USA TODAY, "Delaware, the last to abolish state whippings, to remove public whipping post Wednesday," 30 June 2020 Manzo and Perna are each charged by indictment with committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. Fox News, "Ex-husband of 'Real Housewives' star Dina Manzo arrested for plotting assault against her husband, racketeering," 30 June 2020 Where black men statistically receive prison sentences 20 percent longer than white men who commit the same crimes. cleveland, "Saying ‘All Lives Matter’ doesn’t make you racist, just extremely ignorant," 29 June 2020 The program allows drivers who are facing a traffic infraction to keep the offense from appearing on their driving record by paying a one-time fee and agreeing not to commit any further traffic violations for six months. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "More Indianapolis drivers can now resolve traffic violations without going to court," 27 June 2020 Harrisburg University researchers developed a tool to predict the likelihood someone will commit a crime based on their face. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "AI gatekeepers are taking baby steps toward raising ethical standards," 26 June 2020 The seven-count indictment, filed last Wednesday, charges the Kupers and Couey with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud aiding and abetting. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds: Fort Worth mansion burned down when doctor tried to destroy evidence of medical fraud," 24 June 2020 Like Ball at Chelsea, Stanford is part of a talented Spanish Fort pitching staff that includes longtime Alabama commit Brady Garcia and fellow junior Cam Keshock. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "2 talented in-state high school pitchers commit to play baseball at Alabama," 23 June 2020

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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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The first known use of commit was in the 15th century

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commit. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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commit

verb
How to pronounce commit (audio)

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

intransitive verb

: to obligate or bind oneself would not commit to the irrevocable order

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