Etymology: Middle English committen, from Anglo-French committer, from Latin committere to connect, entrust, from com- + mittere to send
Date: 14th century
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 < 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 oneself • committable 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 <.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.