Definitions for commitkəˈmɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mitkəˈmɪt(v.)-mit•ted, -mit•ting.

  1. (v.t.)to give in trust or charge; consign.

  2. to consign for preservation:

    to commit ideas to writing.

  3. to declare as having a certain opinion or position:

    The senator would not commit herself on the upcoming vote.

  4. to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance:

    to commit oneself to a healthy lifestyle.

  5. to entrust, esp. for safekeeping; commend:

    to commit one's soul to God.

  6. to assign or allot for a certain purpose:

    to commit troops to battle.

  7. to do; perform; perpetrate:

    to commit murder.

  8. to consign, as to a prison or mental institution, by or as if by legal authority.

  9. to deliver for treatment, disposal, etc.; relegate:

    to commit a manuscript to the flames.

  10. to refer (a legislative bill or proposal) to a committee for consideration.

    Category: Government

  11. (v.i.)to pledge or engage oneself.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of commit:

1350–1400; ME (< AF committer) < L committere to join together, engage, begin, entrust, commit


Princeton's WordNet

  1. perpetrate, commit, pull(verb)

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"

  2. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote(verb)

    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"

  3. commit, institutionalize, institutionalise, send, charge(verb)

    cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution

    "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"

  4. entrust, intrust, trust, confide, commit(verb)

    confer a trust upon

    "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God"

  5. invest, put, commit, place(verb)

    make an investment

    "Put money into bonds"

  6. commit, practice(verb)

    engage in or perform

    "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. commit(verb)əˈmɪt

    to do sth illegal or wrong

    to commit a crime/sin; to commit murder

  2. commitəˈmɪt

    to have sex with sb who is not your wife or husband

  3. commitəˈmɪt

    to intentionally kill yourself

  4. commitəˈmɪt

    to promise to do sth

    She has committed herself to playing thirteen concerts.; I can't commit to that.

  5. commitəˈmɪt

    to decide that sth will be used for a particular purpose

    The government is committing more troops to the region.

  6. commitəˈmɪt

    to say you will have a relationship with one person only

    too young to commit


  1. commit(Noun)

    The act of committing (e.g. a database transaction or source code into a source control repository), making it a permanent change.

  2. commit(Verb)

    To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to intrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto.

  3. commit(Verb)

    To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.

    These two were committed. -Clarendon

  4. commit(Verb)

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

    Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus xx. 14.

  5. commit(Verb)

    To join a contest; to match; -- followed by with.

  6. commit(Verb)

    To pledge or bind; to compromise, expose, or endanger by some decisive act or preliminary step; for example to commit oneself to a certain action, to commit oneself to doing something. (Traditionally used only reflexively but now also without oneself etc.)

  7. commit(Verb)

    To confound.

    Committing short and long [quantities]. -Milton

  8. commit(Verb)

    To commit an offence; especially, to fornicate.

  9. Origin: From committere, from com + mittere. See mission.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commit(verb)

    to give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to intrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto

  2. Commit(verb)

    to put in charge of a jailor; to imprison

  3. Commit(verb)

    to do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault

  4. Commit(verb)

    to join for a contest; to match; -- followed by with

  5. Commit(verb)

    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

  6. Commit(verb)

    to confound

  7. Commit(verb)

    to sin; esp., to be incontinent


  1. Commit

    In computer science and data management, a commit is the making of a set of tentative changes permanent. A popular usage is at the end of a transaction. A commit is an act of committing.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. commit

    The process of committing one or more air interceptors or surface-to-air missiles for interception against a target track.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commit' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4679

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commit' in Verbs Frequency: #305

Translations for commit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to perform; to do (especially something illegal)

He committed the murder when he was drunk.

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