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 commit (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 If anything, Martin puts it, Sampras had the self-assurance to commit himself to becoming the world’s best tennis player and decline to indulge in anything that wasn’t in service of that. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 8 July 2021 Segura would not go to a hospital on his own accord, so the deputies planned to commit him involuntarily to a psychiatric hospital under Florida’s Baker Act, the report said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 22 June 2021 This led President Kennedy, in 1961, to propose that the U.S. should commit itself to achieve the goal, before that decade was out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, 22 June 2021 For seven weeks Biles sat idle, weighing how to commit herself physically and mentally to the uncertainty. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, 15 June 2021 Communities recover because community members choose to commit themselves to that recovery. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 This story arc exposes the makers’ cynicism, while discombobulated viewers commit themselves to Hollywood venality. Armond White, National Review, 9 June 2021 There are times when teams commit themselves to endless debates about details to make a decision. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 In May 1961, Kennedy declared that the nation should commit itself to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Glenn C. Altschuler, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021

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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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16 Jul 2021

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“Commit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commit. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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

commit

transitive verb
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 commit (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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