from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To do, perform, or perpetrate: commit a murder.
- transitive v. To put in trust or charge; entrust: commit oneself to the care of a doctor; commit responsibilities to an assistant.
- transitive v. To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.
- transitive v. To consign for future use or reference or for preservation: commit the secret code to memory.
- transitive v. To put into a place to be kept safe or to be disposed of.
- transitive v. To make known the views of (oneself) on an issue: I never commit myself on such issues.
- transitive v. To bind or obligate, as by a pledge: They were committed to follow orders.
- transitive v. To refer (a legislative bill, for example) to a committee.
- intransitive v. To pledge or obligate one's own self: felt that he was too young to commit fully to marriage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to intrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto.
- v. To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.
- v. To do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault.
- v. To join a contest; to match; -- followed by with.
- v. To confound.
- v. To commit an offence; especially, to fornicate.
- n. The act of committing (e.g. a database transaction or source code into a source control repository), making it a permanent change.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to intrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto.
- transitive v. To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.
- transitive v. To do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault.
- transitive v. To join for a contest; to match; -- followed by with.
- transitive v. To pledge or bind; to compromise, expose, or endanger by some decisive act or preliminary step; -- often used reflexively.
- transitive v. To confound.
- intransitive v. To sin; esp., to be incontinent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give in trust; put into charge or keeping; intrust; surrender; give up; consign: with to or unto.
- To engage; involve; put or bring into risk or danger by a preliminary step or decision which cannot be recalled; compromise.
- To consign to custody by official warrant, as a criminal or a lunatic; specifically, to send to prison for a short term or for trial.
- In legislation, to refer or intrust to a committee or select number of persons for their consideration and report.
- To memorize; learn by heart: a shortened colloquial form of the phrase to commit to memory: as, have you committed your speech?
- To do or perform (especially something reprehensible, wrong, inapt, etc.); perpetrate: as, to commit murder, treason, felony, or trespass; to commit a blunder or a solecism.
- To join or put together unfitly or heterogeneously; match improperly or incongruously; confound: a Latinism.
- To consider; regard; account.
- To speak or act in such a manner as virtually to bind one's self to a certain line of conduct, or to the approval of a certain opinion or course of action: as, he has committed himself to the support of the foreign policy of the government; avoid committing yourself.
- Synonyms Intrust, Confide, Commit, Consign, agree in general in expressing a transfer from the care or keeping of one to that of another. To intrust is to give to another in trust, to put into another's care with confidence in him. Confide is still more expressive of trust or confidence, especially in the receiver's discretion or integrity; the word is now used most of secrets, but may be used more widely. Commit implies some measure of formality in the act; it is the most general of these words. Consign implies still greater formality in the surrender: as, to consign goods to a person for sale; to consign the dead to the grave. To consign seems the most final as an act; to commit stands next to it in this respect.
- To commit adultery.
- To consign to prison; to exercise the power of imprisoning.
- n. A game of cards.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
- v. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
- v. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
- v. confer a trust upon
- v. make an investment
- v. engage in or perform
In this book the word commit occurs only slightly less often than the and and because it works to make definite commitments.
The phrase 'commit' when referring to suicide is still in common usage
But his commit is so superficial that there is no reason to take it as indicating that any significant number of liberals make that mistake.
A Virginia man who spent eight years in prison for a rape he didn't commit is refusing a $226,000 state payoff, saying it comes with too many strings attached.
Ok,, To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose or line of conduct.
But when we give benefits through the tax system (or when they and their kin commit crime there is no such guarantee).
The most heinous crime an employer of labor can commit is to scab on his fellow employers of labor.
The basic rule of morality of war: the number of atrocities you commit is divided by the number of atrocities you could commit — but you did not!
And besides, would Electro Kevin commit financial suicide and lose the roof over his head for the sake of a clear conscience?
The endless Seattle cycle of "wait for new input and never commit" is the problem; plus a curious tunnel-o-phobia that doesn't afflict most of the rest of the world.