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[kuh-mit]
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verb (used with object), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.
  1. to give in trust or charge; consign.
  2. to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
  3. 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.
  4. to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
  5. to entrust, especially for safekeeping; commend: to commit one's soul to God.
  6. to do; perform; perpetrate: to commit murder; to commit an error.
  7. to consign to custody: to commit a delinquent to a reformatory.
  8. to place in a mental institution or hospital by or as if by legal authority: He was committed on the certificate of two psychiatrists.
  9. to deliver for treatment, disposal, etc.; relegate: to commit a manuscript to the flames.
  10. to send into a battle: The commander has committed all his troops to the front lines.
  11. Parliamentary Procedure. to refer (a bill or the like) to a committee for consideration.
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verb (used without object), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.
  1. to pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.
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Origin of commit

1350–1400; Middle English committen (< Anglo-French committer) < Latin committere, equivalent to com- com- + mittere to send, give over
Related formscom·mit·ta·ble, adjectivecom·mit·ter, nounnon·com·mit·ted, adjectivepre·com·mit, verb (used with object), pre·com·mit·ted, pre·com·mit·ting.self-com·mit·ting, adjectiveun·com·mit, verb, un·com·mit·ted, un·com·mit·ting.un·com·mit·ting, adjectivewell-com·mit·ted, adjective

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6. carry out, effect, execute.
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  • They have justified—but in German eyes only—every committable crime, and they cost nothing—except the souls of their perpetrators.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons

    Louis Raemaekers


British Dictionary definitions for committable

commit

verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted (tr)
  1. to hand over, as for safekeeping; charge; entrustto commit a child to the care of its aunt
  2. commit to memory to learn by heart; memorize
  3. to confine officially or take into custodyto commit someone to prison
  4. (usually passive) to pledge or align (oneself), as to a particular cause, action, or attitudea committed radical
  5. to order (forces) into action
  6. to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
  7. to surrender, esp for destructionshe committed the letter to the fire
  8. to refer (a bill, etc) to a committee of a legislature
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Derived Formscommittable, adjectivecommitter, 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 committable

commit

v.

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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

committable in Medicine

commit

(kə-mĭt)
v.
  1. To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.
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