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



verb (used with object), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.

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), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.

to pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.

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

Synonyms for commit

6. carry out, effect, execute. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for committed

devoted, faithful, bound, attached

Examples from the Web for committed

Contemporary Examples of committed

Historical Examples of committed

  • 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 -mits, -mitting or -mitted (tr)

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
Derived Formscommittable, adjectivecommitter, noun

Word Origin for commit

C14: from Latin committere to join, from com- together + mittere to put, send
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

committed in Medicine




To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.
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