- 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.
- to pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.
Origin of commit
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Examples from the Web for committing
A new reality series spotlights the extent people will go to impress a crush—from pretending to be deaf to committing theft.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
La Barbie videotaped himself in the act of committing atrocities and mailed the evidence to The Dallas Morning News.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
In this other video, 29-year-old Crawford is not committing an atrocity such as might be expected of ISIS.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
Keen on enjoying her youth, Reign has little interest in committing right now.Swipe Right For Sex: Mixxxer Is Tinder for the Porn Star Set
October 4, 2014
During his spring semester at Duke University, senior Lewis McLeod was expelled for committing a sexual assault.The College Bro’s Burden: Consent and Assault Cast a Shadow on Sexy Times
August 22, 2014
Even now, he was engaged in committing that crime which she had forbidden him.Within the Law
The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.The Secret Agent
A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia.The Devil's Dictionary
It was that he was a blockhead, and had no idea of the absurdity that he was committing.
She spoke with hesitation, as if afraid of committing herself.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to hand over, as for safekeeping; charge; entrustto commit a child to the care of its aunt
- commit to memory to learn by heart; memorize
- to confine officially or take into custodyto commit someone to prison
- (usually passive) to pledge or align (oneself), as to a particular cause, action, or attitudea committed radical
- to order (forces) into action
- to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
- to surrender, esp for destructionshe committed the letter to the fire
- to refer (a bill, etc) to a committee of a legislature
Word Origin and History for committing
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."
- To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.