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[kuh-mit-id] /kəˈmɪt ɪd/
bound or obligated to a person or thing, as by pledge or assurance; devoted:
Children need warm and committed parents.
Origin of committed
First recorded in 1840-45; commit + -ed2


[kuh-mit] /kəˈmɪt/
verb (used with object), committed, committing.
to give in trust or charge; consign.
to consign for preservation:
to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question; express (one's intention, feeling, etc.):
Asked if he was a candidate, he refused to commit himself.
to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge:
to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
to entrust, especially for safekeeping; commend:
to commit one's soul to God.
to do; perform; perpetrate:
to commit murder; to commit an error.
to consign to custody:
to commit a delinquent to a reformatory.
to place in a mental institution or hospital by or as if by legal authority:
He was committed on the certificate of two psychiatrists.
to deliver for treatment, disposal, etc.; relegate:
to commit a manuscript to the flames.
to send into a battle:
The commander has committed all his troops to the front lines.
Parliamentary Procedure. to refer (a bill or the like) to a committee for consideration.
verb (used without object), committed, committing.
to pledge or engage oneself:
an athlete who commits to the highest standards.
1350-1400; Middle English committen (< Anglo-French committer) < Latin committere, equivalent to com- com- + mittere to send, give over
Related forms
committable, adjective
committer, noun
noncommitted, adjective
precommit, verb (used with object), precommitted, precommitting.
self-committing, adjective
uncommit, verb, uncommitted, uncommitting.
uncommitting, adjective
well-committed, adjective
6. carry out, effect, execute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for committed
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  • The fault was committed inside the family too, and that makes a great difference.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Augustinus is in despair for the sin he has committed in turning to look after a dog who was running.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • In the strength of that conviction he committed a fault of tact.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Butterby was saying that there was no doubt the theft had been committed by Arthur Channing.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He was conscious of no wrong, and he did not shrink as though he had committed one.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for committed


verb (transitive) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
to hand over, as for safekeeping; charge; entrust: to commit a child to the care of its aunt
commit to memory, to learn by heart; memorize
to confine officially or take into custody: to commit someone to prison
(usually passive) to pledge or align (oneself), as to a particular cause, action, or attitude: a committed radical
to order (forces) into action
to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
to surrender, esp for destruction: she committed the letter to the fire
to refer (a bill, etc) to a committee of a legislature
Derived Forms
committable, adjective
committer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin committere to join, from com- together + mittere to put, send
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Word Origin and History for committed

1590s, "entrusted, delegated," past participle adjective from commit (v.). Meaning "locked into a commitment" is from 1948.



late 14c., "to give in charge, entrust," from Latin committere "to unite, connect, combine; to bring together," from com- "together" (see com-) + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). Evolution into modern range of meanings is not entirely clear. Sense of "perpetrating" was ancient in Latin; in English from mid-15c. The intransitive use (in place of commit oneself) first recorded 1982, probably influenced by existentialism use (1948) of commitment to translate Sartre's engagement "emotional and moral engagement."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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committed in Medicine

commit com·mit (kə-mĭt')
v. com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting, com·mits
To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.

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