Definitions for: Commit


[v] give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"
[v] make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
[v] cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"
[v] To confer a trust upon; "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God"
[v] perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com*mit", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Committed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Committing.] [L. committere, commissum, to connect,
commit; com- + mittere to send. See Mission.]
1. To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to
intrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto.

Commit thy way unto the Lord. --Ps. xxxvii.
5.

Bid him farewell, commit him to the grave. --Shak.

2. To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.

These two were committed. --Clarendon.

3. To do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault.

Thou shalt not commit adultery. --Ex. xx. 14.

4. To join for a contest; to match; -- followed by with. [R.]
--Dr. H. More.

5. To pledge or bind; to compromise, expose, or endanger by
some decisive act or preliminary step; -- often used
reflexively; as, to commit one's self to a certain course.

You might have satisfied every duty of political
friendship, without commiting the honor of your
sovereign. --Junius.

Any sudden assent to the proposal . . . might
possibly be considered as committing the faith of
the United States. --Marshall.

6. To confound. [An obsolete Latinism.]

Committing short and long [quantities]. --Milton.

To commit a bill (Legislation), to refer or intrust it to a
committee or others, to be considered and reported.

To commit to memory, or To commit, to learn by heart; to
memorize.

Syn: To Commit, Intrust, Consign.

Usage: These words have in common the idea of transferring
from one's self to the care and custody of another.
Commit is the widest term, and may express only the
general idea of delivering into the charge of another;
as, to commit a lawsuit to the care of an attorney; or
it may have the special sense of intrusting with or
without limitations, as to a superior power, or to a
careful servant, or of consigning, as to writing or
paper, to the flames, or to prison. To intrust denotes
the act of committing to the exercise of confidence or
trust; as, to intrust a friend with the care of a
child, or with a secret. To consign is a more formal
act, and regards the thing transferred as placed
chiefly or wholly out of one's immediate control; as,
to consign a pupil to the charge of his instructor; to
consign goods to an agent for sale; to consign a work
to the press.


Com"mit, v. i.
To sin; esp., to be incontinent. [Obs.]

Commit not with man's sworn spouse. --Shak.

Synonyms: charge, confide, consecrate, dedicate, devote, entrust, give, institutionalise, institutionalize, intrust, invest, perpetrate, place, pull, put, send, trust

Antonyms: divest

See Also: act, apply, buy into, commend, consign, drop, employ, expend, fund, give, hand, hospitalise, hospitalize, job, make, move, obligate, pass, pass on, reach, recommit, recommit, rededicate, speculate, spend, tie up, transfer, turn over, use, utilise, utilize, vow

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