• WordNet 3.6
    • v commit 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"
    • v commit make an investment "Put money into bonds"
    • v commit cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution "After the second episode, she had to be committed","he was committed to prison"
    • v commit confer a trust upon "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret","I commit my soul to God"
    • v commit engage in or perform "practice safe sex","commit a random act of kindness"
    • v commit perform an act, usually with a negative connotation "perpetrate a crime","pull a bank robbery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines
    • Commit To confound. "Committing short and long [quantities]."
    • Commit To do; to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault. "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
    • Commit To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to intrust; to consign; -- used with to unto. "Commit thy way unto the Lord.""Bid him farewell, commit him to the grave."
    • Commit To join for a contest; to match; -- followed by with.
    • Commit 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.""Any sudden assent to the proposal . . . might possibly be considered as committing the faith of the United States."
    • Commit To put in charge of a jailor; to imprison. "These two were committed ."
    • v. i Commit To sin; esp., to be incontinent. "Commit not with man's sworn spouse."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In ancient China people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt.
    • commit To give in trust; put into charge or keeping; intrust; surrender; give up; consign: with to or unto.
    • commit To engage; involve; put or bring into risk or danger by a preliminary step or decision which cannot be recalled; compromise.
    • commit 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.
    • commit In legislation, to refer or intrust to a committee or select number of persons for their consideration and report.
    • commit To memorize; learn by heart: a shortened colloquial form of the phrase to commit to memory: as, have you committed your speech?
    • commit 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.
    • commit To join or put together unfitly or heterogeneously; match improperly or incongruously; confound: a Latinism.
    • commit To consider; regard; account.
    • commit 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.
    • commit 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.
    • commit To commit adultery.
    • commit To consign to prison; to exercise the power of imprisoning.
    • n commit A game of cards. The eight of diamonds is thrown out of a full pack. Cards are dealt out one at a time as far as they will go, any remaining being left on the table for stops. The eldest hand leads, and every card in sequence and suit with it must come in order, the play being much the same as in newmarket (which see), the first to get rid of all his cards winning the pool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Texas criminals are required to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
    • v.t Commit kom-it′ to give in charge or trust: to consign: to do: to endanger: to involve: to pledge
    • pr.p Commit commit′ting; pa.p. commit′ted
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  • Anthony Powell
    Anthony Powell
    “Growing old is like being increasingly penalized for a crime you haven't committed.”
  • Proverb
    “The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.”
  • Sir Edward Coke
    Sir Edward Coke
    “Corporations cannot commit treason, or be outlawed or excommunicated, for they have no souls.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
  • Tom Fatjo
    Tom Fatjo
    “I remember committing myself to make it in the garbage business, whatever it takes!”
  • Tom Flores
    Tom Flores
    “A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. committere, commissum, to connect, commit; com-, + mittere, to send. See Mission


In literature:

He believed he knew who had committed this ghastly deed, but his lips must be sealed.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
They may tempt us to commit crimes.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
I think the crime was committed by the man with whom she fled.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
She told me that she had been a very wicked girl, that her young husband had committed suicide because of her sin.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
They commit one mistake, however.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Within a year his first wife committed suicide, and, three weeks later, Shelley married Mary Godwin.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Many an evil deed has been done, many a MURDER has been committed, when those who did these things were intoxicated.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Thus will he inevitably commit himself, at once, to his political destruction.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Search for the weapon with which the crime had been committed proved fruitless; hence it was plain that the murderer had carried it away.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
Only when Rome had begun to decay did mothers commit the training of their children to nurses and slaves.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley

In poetry:

Dost therefore thou to him alone
Commit thy sinful soul?
Knowing of thy salvation
Thy Husband is the whole?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
even against its will.
But not
as symbols of hope: they were flimsy
as our resistance to the crimes committed
"In California During The Gulf War" by Denise Levertov
Firm as his throne his promise stands,
And he can well secure
What I've committed to his hands
Till the decisive hour.
"Hymn 103" by Isaac Watts
Unto thine hand, O God of truth,
My spirit I commit;
Thou hast redeemed my soul from death,
And saved me from the pit.
"Psalm 31 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I to my God my ways commit,
And cheerful wait his will;
Thy hand, which guides my doubtful feet,
Shall my desires fulfil.
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Ah Jessy, oft the fancied friend,
Commits a cruel wrong;
Weak neighbours seldom should depend
On kindness from the strong.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley

In news:

Morgan Stahr lights up when she talks about her volunteer and school activities - projects to which she totally commits.).
0 I n the overwhelming majority of our states, you lose your right to vote, to one degree or another, if you commit a felony.
Dogs, cats, killed despite adoption commitments from rescue groups.
Beyond the $16 million to Mr Letterman, NBC would have to pay Mr Leno about $10 million if it breaks its commitment to him to be the host of "Tonight".
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's comments expressing doubt about Palestinians' commitment to peace again highlight the closeness of his position to that of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A lifelong Clevelander, devoted mother, friend and community citizen, Jeanne exemplified a life of commitment to her family and our city.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault but has not yet been sentenced.
No corpse has yet been found, but the villagers themselves are convinced that murder has been committed.
This sends an important message to everyone involved in approving psychiatric commitment under Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) statutes.
Neither could force themselves to confess to a crime they didn't commit, even if it meant spending the rest of their lives in prison.
Architecture for Humanity's commitment to socially responsible design has yielded a multitude of projects in low-income and disaster-stricken communities throughout the world.
We are committed to providing as many tools/opportunities that fit your needs so you have a complete marketing solution 360 and can maximize your Return On Investment (ROI).
Our husband-and-wife team weighs in on whether committing to raising a child, but not to a marriage, can provide a strong-enough family foundation.
Same-sex couples show pride, commitment at Lake Eola.
Kareem Coote, left, and Eric Pugh will participate in a commitment ceremony Saturday.

In science:

Mitra. A, Unconditionally secure quantum bit commitment is simply possible. physics/0007089.
A simple unbreakable code
The denial of the possibility of any such action is a metaphysical commitment that was useful in the context of classical physical theory.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
We shall suppose that in a given context there is some agreed-upon level of security δ ; we will accept a conclusion if the proportion of models in which we could be committing an error is no greater than δ .
Evaluating Defaults
The set of “committed times” is your landing state (“state” for short).
Juggling probabilities
Upon making a throw (even a 0), Magnus commits himself to a (usually different) new state ω : 1.
Juggling probabilities