What does commit mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perpetrate, commit, pullverb

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

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

  2. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devoteverb

    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, chargeverb

    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, commitverb

    confer a trust upon

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

  5. invest, put, commit, placeverb

    make an investment

    "Put money into bonds"

  6. commit, practiceverb

    engage in or perform

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


  1. commitnoun

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

  2. commitverb

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

  3. commitverb

    To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.

    These two were committed. -Clarendon

  4. commitverb

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

    Thou shalt not commit adultery. Exodus xx. 14.

  5. commitverb

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

  6. commitverb

    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. commitverb

    To confound.

    Committing short and long [quantities]. -Milton

  8. commitverb

    To commit an offence; especially, to fornicate.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COMMITverb

    Etymology: committo, Latin.

    It is not for your health thus to commit
    Your weak condition to the raw, cold morning. William Shakespeare.

    They who are desirous to commit to memory, might have ease. 2 Mac. ii. 25.

    Is my muse controul’d
    By servile awe? Born free, and not be bold!
    At least I’ll dig a hole within the ground,
    And to the trusty earth commit the sound. John Dryden, Pers. Sat.

    Here comes the nobleman that committed the prince, for striking him about Bardolph. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    They two were committed, at least restrained of their liberty. Edward Hyde.

    So though my ankle she has quitted,
    My heart continues still committed;
    And, like a bail’d and main priz’d lover,
    Although at large, I am bound over. Hudibras, p. ii.

    Keep thy word justly; swear not; commit not with man’s sworn spouse. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Letters out of Ulster gave him notice of the inhumane murders committed there upon a multitude of the Protestants. Edward Hyde.

    A creeping young fellow committed matrimony with a brisk gamesome lass. Roger L'Estrange.

    ’Tis policy
    For son and father to take different sides;
    Then lands and tenements commit no treason. Dryden.


  1. commit

    To commit means to pledge, dedicate, obligate, or bind oneself to a particular course of action, cause, or person. It may also refer to carrying out or executing an act, especially one of significant consequence. In context, it could also mean transmitting or finalizing a procedure such as in computing where it refers to making permanent a tentative action or procedure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commitverb

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

  2. Commitverb

    to put in charge of a jailor; to imprison

  3. Commitverb

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

  4. Commitverb

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

  5. Commitverb

    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. Commitverb

    to confound

  7. Commitverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commit

    kom-it′, v.t. to give in charge or trust: to consign: to do: to endanger: to involve: to pledge:—pr.p. commit′ting; pa.p. commit′ted.—ns. Commit′ment, act of committing: an order for sending to prison: imprisonment; Commit′tal, commitment: a pledge, actual or implied; Commit′tee, a portion, generally consisting of not less than three members, selected from a more numerous body, to whom some special act to be performed, or investigation to be made, is committed; Commit′teeship.—Commit one's self, to compromise one's self: to pledge one's self wittingly or unwittingly to a certain course; Commit to memory, to learn by heart. [L. committĕrecom, with, mittĕre, to send.]

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.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commit in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of commit in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Toobin:

    I think you need to draw a distinction between illegal immigrants who commit crimes and other immigrants who don't commit crimes.

  2. Mark Twain:

    I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell you see, I have friends in both places.

  3. North Korea:

    I never, never should have allowed myself to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country. I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. I entirely beg you, the people and government of the DPRK, for your forgiveness. Please ! I made the worst mistake of my life !

  4. Bikram Choudhury:

    I have no intention to have sex with any of my students or any women, sometimes students, they commit suicide. Lots of students of mine, they commit suicide because I will not have sex with them.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.

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