verb com·mit \kə-ˈmit\

: 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


Full Definition of COMMIT

transitive verb
a :  to put into charge or trust :  entrust
b :  to place in a prison or mental institution
c :  to consign or record for preservation <commit it to memory>
d :  to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping
e :  to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report
:  to carry into action deliberately :  perpetrate <commit a crime>
a :  obligate, bind <a contract committing the company to complete the project on time>
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>
intransitive verb
obsolete :  to perpetrate an offense
:  to obligate or pledge oneself
com·mit·ta·ble \-ˈmi-tə-bəl\ adjective

Origin of COMMIT

Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.
COMMIT Defined for Kids


verb com·mit \kə-ˈmit\

Definition of COMMIT for Kids

:  to bring about :  perform <commit a crime>
:  to make secure or put in safekeeping :  entrust <“… I must commit a friend's life to your discretion.” — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>
:  to place in or send to a prison or mental hospital
:  to pledge to do some particular thing <When asked if he would volunteer, he wouldn't commit himself.>
com·mit·ment \-mənt\ noun
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb com·mit \kə-ˈmit\

Medical Definition of COMMIT

:  to place in a prison or mental institution <a patient committed by the court to a state hospital>
com·mit·ta·ble \-ˈmit-ə-bəl\ adjective


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