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English Dictionary: commit by the DICT Development Group
3 results for commit
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
commit
v
  1. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation; "perpetrate a crime"; "pull a bank robbery"
    Synonym(s): perpetrate, commit, pull
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote
  3. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; "After the second episode, she had to be committed"; "he was committed to prison"
    Synonym(s): commit, institutionalize, institutionalise, send, charge
  4. confer a trust upon; "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God"
    Synonym(s): entrust, intrust, trust, confide, commit
  5. make an investment; "Put money into bonds"
    Synonym(s): invest, put, commit, place
    Antonym(s): disinvest, divest
  6. engage in or perform; "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"
    Synonym(s): commit, practice
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Commit \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Commit \Com"mit\, v. i.
      To sin; esp., to be incontinent. [Obs.]
  
               Commit not with man's sworn spouse.         --Shak.
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