verb (committed; committing) Etymology: Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to put into charge or trust ; entrust b. to place in a prison or mental institution c. to consign or record for preservation <
commit it to memory
d. to put into a place for disposal or safekeeping e. to refer (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report 2. to carry into action deliberately ; perpetrate <
commit a crime
3. a. obligate, bind <
a contract committing the company to complete the project on time
b. to pledge or assign to some particular course or use <
commit all troops to the attack
c. to reveal the views of <
refused to commit himself on the issue
intransitive verb 1. obsolete to perpetrate an offense 2. to obligate or pledge oneselfcommittable adjective Synonyms: commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody <
committed the felon to prison
. entrust implies committing with trust and confidence <
the president is entrusted with broad powers
. confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance <
confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney
. consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality <
consigned the damaging notes to the fire
. relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of <
relegated to an obscure position in the company

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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