- bound or obligated to a person or thing, as by pledge or assurance; devoted: Children need warm and committed parents.
Origin of committed
- 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 committed
“I love my job and I love my city and I am committed to the work here,” he said in a statement.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
A 2012 study found that fully 76% of Duke students want to be in a committed romantic relationship.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
We are committed to the community, dedicated to progress, and policing with respect.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
No crimes were committed by Sony with the possible exception of all those Adam Sandler movies they insist on making.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Delta, for instance, is committed to helping create a more LGBT-friendly world.How You Can Help Make a More LGBT-Friendly World
December 12, 2014
The fault was committed inside the family too, and that makes a great difference.Weighed and Wanting
Augustinus is in despair for the sin he has committed in turning to look after a dog who was running.The Dream
In the strength of that conviction he committed a fault of tact.The Secret Agent
Butterby was saying that there was no doubt the theft had been committed by Arthur Channing.
He was conscious of no wrong, and he did not shrink as though he had committed one.
- 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 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."
- To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.