- To commit is to promise to do something, to describe the act of engaging in a crime or to hand over someone or something.
- An example of commit is when you promise your friend you will come to her wedding.
- An example of commit is when you murder someone.
- An example of commit is when you check a family member into a mental health facility.
transitive verbcommitted, committing
- to give in charge or trust; deliver for safekeeping; entrust; consign: we commit his fame to posterity
- to put officially in custody or confinement: committed to prison
- to hand over or set apart to be disposed of or put to some purpose: to commit something to the trash heap
- to do or perpetrate (an offense or crime)
- to bind as by a promise; pledge; engage: committed to the struggle
- to make known the opinions or views of: to commit oneself on an issue
- to refer (a bill, etc.) to a committee to be considered
Origin of commitMiddle English committen ; from Classical Latin committere, to bring together, commit ; from com-, together + mittere, to send: see mission
commit to memory
commit to paperor commit to writing
verbcom·mit·ted, com·mit·ting, com·mits
- To do, perform, or perpetrate: commit a murder.
- To put in trust or charge; entrust: commit oneself to the care of a doctor; commit responsibilities to an assistant.
- To consign for future use or for preservation: We must commit the necessary funds for the project.
- To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.
- To put into a place to be disposed of or kept safe: committed the manuscript to the flames.
- a. To make known the views of (oneself) on an issue: I never commit myself on such issues.b. To bind, obligate, or devote, as by a pledge: They were committed to follow orders. She committed herself to her art.
- To refer (a legislative bill, for example) to a committee.
Origin of commitMiddle English committen, from Latin committere : com-, com- + mittere, to send.
(third-person singular simple present commits, present participle committing, simple past and past participle committed)
- To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to entrust; to consign; -- used with to, unto.
- To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison.
- To do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault.
- To join a contest; to match; followed by with.
- 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.)
- Commit not with man's sworn spouse.
To commit, entrust, consign. 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 entrusting 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 entrust denotes the act of committing to the exercise of confidence or trust; as, to entrust 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.
- (computing) The act of committing (e.g. a database transaction or source code into a source control repository), making it a permanent change.
commit - Computer Definition
commit - Legal Definition
- To do; perpetrate.
- To order a person’s placement in, or to send a person to, a hospital, mental health facility, prison, or similar institution, especially pursuant to court order.