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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Jojo is committed to delivering authentic, family-friendly content that parents can feel good about their kids watching. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "The Rise of ‘Dance Moms’ Star Jojo Siwa," 22 May 2019 One pervasive myth is that the U.S. is deporting only people who have committed crimes, targeting threats to public safety. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 And there was Lykke Li, who fully committed to her Valentino get-up with fluttery feather lash extensions in a deep crimson shade, as seen on the Italian fashion house's couture runway. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 2019 The list of luxe hotels below are owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who today implemented a violent anti-gay law that states those who commit homosexual acts are to be stoned to death. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Ellen DeGeneres Calls On Fans to Boycott These Famous Hotels," 3 Apr. 2019 Another extreme example: A therapist won’t see both a rape survivor and her rapist, or a person who was violently injured and the person who committed the crime. SELF, "Is It a Bad Idea to See the Same Therapist as Someone You Know?," 24 Jan. 2019 After showing off his impressive Southern vocals, Buck dedicated his performance to his friend from the military who committed suicide. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Mikele Buck's Elimination From 'The Voice' Sparks Controversy: 'I'm Truly Shocked'," 23 Oct. 2018 In quotes, of course, because the men who committed the misconduct in the first place bear sole responsibility for any destruction of lives as a result of that misconduct. Stephanie Dolgoff, Good Housekeeping, "Why We Have to Talk About What Happened in High School," 27 Sep. 2018 President Trump walked away from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un in February because the North Korean dictator demanded an end to the toughest U.S. sanctions before committing to give up his nuclear weapons. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Seizing North Korea Where It Hurts," 9 May 2019

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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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