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transitive verbtransitive verb commits, transitive verb committing, transitive verb committed

[with object]
  • 1Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act)

    ‘he committed an uncharacteristic error’
    • ‘More criminals than ever before are carrying weapons to commit crimes.’
    • ‘I'm grateful it has taught me not to commit such immoral acts.’
    • ‘On each occasion, magistrates had warned him that he could be resentenced for his crimes if he committed another offence within a year.’
    • ‘They will commit immoral acts for their organisations they might not consider committing for themselves.’
    • ‘He was subsequently charged for willfully committing an indecent act in a public place, which carried a sentence of four months in jail.’
    • ‘Thirdly, the accused is present when the crime is committed by the perpetrator.’
    • ‘The question remains as to why these gruesome war crimes and massacres were committed against the civil population?’
    • ‘At present, officers can generally arrest people if they suspect them of committing an offence which carries at least five years in prison.’
    • ‘There is no evidence anyone intended to commit a crime or engage in wrongdoing.’
    • ‘Our law allows for a person to be prosecuted for carrying out torture, even if the crime was committed abroad.’
    • ‘Based on these charges, state prosecutors intend to prove the defendant committed acts of criminal fraud, conspiracy, and deception.’
    • ‘I had committed neither crimes nor acts of civil disobedience.’
    • ‘John glared at Nigel as if he'd committed some heinous act or crime against him.’
    • ‘He faces charges of attempted murder and aiding the enemy and conspiracy to commit war crimes.’
    • ‘Peers have also been proven to have an effect on students who commit violent acts on school grounds.’
    • ‘He said police wanted to encourage people not to take the law into their own hands when a crime was committed, but to hand the perpetrators over to the authorities.’
    • ‘I am afraid I simply cannot do this in the knowledge that they are likely to be committing acts which will breach international law.’
    • ‘In the end, he confessed to actually committing a crime.’
    • ‘This punishment ensures that a criminal pays for his crime, stops that criminal from committing any other crimes and thus protects innocent victims.’
    • ‘Yobs committing criminal acts or anti-social behaviour can be banned for up to a year and will have their photographs circulated to all members in the scheme.’
    carry out, do, perform, perpetrate, engage in, enact, execute, effect, accomplish
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  • 2Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy.

    ‘they were reluctant to commit themselves to an opinion’
    • ‘the treaty commits each party to defend the other’
    • ‘try it out before you commit to a purchase’
    • ‘And of course, we're committed to helping them as much as we can.’
    • ‘We are committed to our organization, to our profession, and to our patients.’
    • ‘While she is yet to define her role with the organisation, she is committed enough to take the first step.’
    • ‘Whether it is running a company, running a mile or organising a dinner party, he is equally committed to perfection.’
    • ‘‘In my day we were committed, dedicated and professional,’ he said.’
    • ‘And of course, he is absolutely committed to doing everything he can to get the message out as to why Al and Joe would be so good for the country.’
    • ‘We are committed to international cooperation rather than unilateral policies.’
    • ‘The new constitution commits the Member States to a common defence and security policy.’
    • ‘While most healthcare workers were committed and dedicated to their profession, some still used lack of resources as an excuse to let standards slip.’
    • ‘Though people are already committed to other fundraising projects, she encourages everyone to work together to raise the money by September next year.’
    • ‘We are committed to helping more people get the skills and confidence they need to start their own business.’
    • ‘I think people are really committed to participating this time.’
    • ‘The likelihood of success is so great because you can pick an event you are personally committed to, like my lifelong goal of swimming a mile.’
    • ‘I am personally committed to the route of dialogue and debate instead of boycotts.’
    • ‘And don't forget, the power of networks is in how many people are on them, and how committed those people are.’
    • ‘We are committed to increasing the membership, morale, organisation and fighting strength of the union movement.’
    • ‘They should be people committed to the local Christian community.’
    • ‘Now she's committed to change people's lives through information and communication technology.’
    • ‘I am personally committed to working toward the establishment of these centers.’
    • ‘We are committed to working for people to have more local control over the economic decisions that affect their lives.’
    • ‘There is also a real recognition that developed nations, committing funds to assist developing ones, need re-assurance that the cash will be well and effectively spent.’
    pledge, devote, apply, give, dedicate, bind, obligate
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    1. 2.1be committed toBe dedicated to (something)
      ‘we must be committed to peace’
      • ‘At her new job, Pully found a well-run school and a dedicated staff that was committed to teaching students well.’
      • ‘The Government is committed to encouraging modern businesses which develop and build on the strengths and commitment of their workforce.’
      • ‘That is not consistent with the agreement which says that everybody has to be committed to exclusively peaceful means.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, this is what our society should be committed to.’
      • ‘It is committed to the vision to which he dedicated his life.’
      • ‘At the same time, international central bankers recognized the benefits of, and were committed to, a balanced global system.’
      • ‘You need proper evidence that this company really is committed to family-friendly working.’
      • ‘Flinn has always been committed to what he's doing.’
      • ‘I mean if you figure somebody's likely to find a job they like and can really enjoy and be committed to it, if they take the time to find that job, to find something they really like, that's a good thing.’
      • ‘If academic staff are to be committed to - and enthusiastic about - new forms of teaching, they need to have prepared and devised’
      • ‘All of them were committed to the languages their people spoke, and often used many tongues.’
      • ‘He said local people, mostly Hindu adherents, were committed to adopting a peaceful approach to deal with the blasts despite the fact that the tragedy had seriously affected tourism, which most local people rely on for a livelihood.’
      • ‘We identified 15 players who were committed to the cause and they have come up trumps.’
      • ‘Young calls the pair ‘good Samaritans’ and ‘legitimate caregivers, people who were committed to helping those in need.’’
      • ‘She said they considered racial abuse as a hate crime and were committed to combating all acts of racism.’
      • ‘Mr Reilly was happy with the results of a recent survey carried out by the council, which showed that approximately 80 per cent of residents in the area were committed to the recycling process.’
      • ‘He said: ‘The players worked ever so hard, showed a good attitude and were committed to the cause.’’
      • ‘I believe in - and I am committed to - the strong presence in Canada that our six teams give us.’
      • ‘I will consider my life goals and how compatible the other person is, before committing my life to marriage.’
      • ‘She's a really good actress and she commits herself to whatever she's doing, so the relationship with her was easy.’
      devout, devoted, loyal, dedicated, faithful, staunch, firm, steadfast, resolute, unwavering, sincere, wholehearted, keen, earnest, enthusiastic, zealous, passionate, ardent, fervent, motivated, driven, active, sworn, pledged
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    2. 2.2Pledge or set aside (resources) for future use.
      ‘manufacturers will have to commit substantial funds to developing new engines’
      • ‘But he said they would examine it closely before committing their resources, which are increasingly in demand, to any investigation.’
      • ‘It's good that we're committing new resources as of today.’
      • ‘Why not give the idea a fighting chance by committing whatever resources are necessary to improve the promising technology?’
      • ‘That said, the response of media and government has been mixed and the resources being committed by both is rising by the day as the scale of the disaster becomes apparent.’
      • ‘Companies are committing their financial resources to the marketing of existing products rather than the development of new ones.’
      • ‘But, welcome though the decision to keep it open is, ministers have not made it more affordable or committed the extra resources required by their decision.’
      • ‘He said the city will commit resources towards eradicating these maladies.’
      • ‘We have committed the additional resources he has requested so that he can do that urgently.’
      • ‘Because he knows that this Government will not commit the resources that the police need.’
      • ‘Surely it is important to find out how the thing is going to be used before committing a lot of resources to a specific plan or design.’
      • ‘Thank you so very much for committing their future into more capable hands.’
      • ‘It also provides the company with the opportunity to test foreign markets for its product without committing much of its resources in doing so.’
      • ‘We committed years and resources to this cause.’
      • ‘For over two years, it has committed time and resources to educate women about health, nutrition and fitness.’
      • ‘Top leadership must desire the change enough to commit time, resources, and energy.’
      • ‘We must commit enough planning and resources to protect and enhance our access to, and use of, space.’
      • ‘He called on more charities to champion the rights and opportunities of older people, though he fell short of committing a future government to play a role.’
      • ‘Maybe you own too much of one company's stock, loaded up on too much real estate or committed all of your resources to running your own business.’
      • ‘But the government has said nothing about committing additional funds or resources to the monitoring of their drinking water.’
      • ‘And while Japan's financial contribution was never in doubt, there have been major question marks over Tokyo committing troops.’
      allocate, assign, allot, commit, give, give over, afford, apportion, surrender, consign, sacrifice, pledge, dedicate, consecrate
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    3. 2.3be committed toBe in a long-term emotional relationship with (someone)
      ‘she loved a man who was committed to another woman’
      • ‘For Dante, it ended with the realization that he was too committed to it to be committed to a woman.’
      • ‘I think it may have been the case that Mr Smith was committed to the claimant and wanted to live with her but I am not satisfied that this wish was reciprocated by Miss King.’
      • ‘I would do anything to change this situation because I am committed to you and to our relationship and because I love you so much.’
  • 3commit something toTransfer something to (a state or place)

    ‘he composed a letter but didn't commit it to paper’
    • ‘she committed each tiny feature to memory’
    • ‘committed to the flames’
    • ‘Unfortunately I was in Anglesey with no means of committing my thoughts to anything permanent, and now, after a four and a half hour drive back two hours of which were spent on the M6, my brain isn't functioning at it's usual level.’
    • ‘The ability to complete the circuit from reading to published opinion in just a few clicks allows, and almost demands that we forego a space of time to step back and reflect and discuss before committing our reactions to words.’
    • ‘‘Publish and be damned’ is a phrase that some of us are familiar with and this very potential damnation stops many from committing their ideas to paper.’
    • ‘To be honest, I'm incredibly lucky that I grew up a decade before teenagers started committing their rantings to the Internet.’
    • ‘He lay on the grass and stroked it as if committing its texture to memory.’
    • ‘Honesty, Amos says, is one of the advantages of committing her autobiography to CD rather than to paper.’
    • ‘The entire secondary school system is based on students committing answers to memory and reproducing them in the finals.’
    • ‘For a fortnight, toddlers at St Andrew's had been busy committing rhymes to memory in preparation for their big performance.’
    • ‘If you saw this film, you're probably still squeamish about committing family activities to video tape.’
    • ‘The physical process of committing these ideas to some form of permanent record relies on the ability to capture that image, to write the words, to read music, to handle the paintbrush in the desired way.’
    • ‘I hesitated before committing those words to pixels, because I knew what the response would be - universal condemnation.’
    • ‘Odds are they have committed it to paper or canvas.’
    1. 3.1Consign (someone) officially to prison, especially on remand.
      ‘he was committed to prison for contempt of court’
      • ‘But, generally speaking, once people are committed to prison they are in the hands of the Executive Government.’
      • ‘That is to say a man would be committed to prison until such time as he purged his contempt by complying with the order.’
      • ‘If, however, the fugitive is committed to prison, the Act contemplates that he may seek to challenge that warrant by habeas corpus proceedings.’
      • ‘A third of prison entrants were committed to prison for the first time.’
      • ‘It is a matter of great regret to me as well as to the Deputies that five persons have been committed to prison by the High Court.’
      • ‘The judge may at any time revoke an order committing a person to prison under this section and, if he is already in custody, order his discharge.’
      • ‘They have resulted in a final order committing the applicant to prison.’
      • ‘Unless the court makes such a grant, the appeal process is exhausted with the result that, in cases such as the present, there is a final order committing the applicant to prison.’
      • ‘There is, however, no power to commit a defaulter to prison.’
      • ‘In my judgment neither the conclusion that the court was vested with jurisdiction to commit him to prison for contempt, nor the decision to exercise the power in the particular circumstances of the case are open to criticism.’
      • ‘Adela accuses him of insulting her in the Caves, he is committed to prison and stands trial.’
      • ‘On 2 September 1997 he applied for an order to commit Mr Rabinowicz to prison for ‘perjury, and misleading the court’.’
      • ‘I certainly would not concede that the Order upon which, for the many proven breaches of it, you were committed to prison, was unlawful.’
      • ‘To enforce the undertaking Naomi must apply for an order committing Mark to prison for breach.’
      • ‘She refused to consent to being bound over and the justices committed her to prison pursuant to section 115 of the 1980 Act.’
      • ‘Do you know that for a refusal to answer questions I can commit you to prison for contempt?’
      consign, assign, send, deliver, confine
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    2. 3.2Send (a person or case) for trial.
      ‘the magistrate decided to commit him for trial’
      • ‘Earlier this week, the magistrates committed Murdoch to stand trial saying he had a case to answer on all three charges.’
      • ‘The preliminary inquiry judge exceeded her jurisdiction in committing him to trial for the more serious charge.’
      • ‘After a magistrate committed him to trial, the office of the Director for Public Prosecutions, or DPP in Queensland, decided not to proceed with the cases.’
      • ‘Is there arguably a Parliamentary scheme that you get the diversionary system in the Magistrate's Court and you do not get it if you are committed to the District Court?’
      • ‘Following the preliminary inquiry, he was committed to trial.’
      • ‘He was committed to stand trial for the attempted murder of his wife, but he took his own life six days ago.’
      • ‘He has been committed to stand trial over the alleged murder of a British backpacker.’
      • ‘Even so there seemed to be enough evidence to commit him to stand trial at Port Augusta.’
      • ‘He has a previous conviction for grievous bodily harm in 1999, and admitted assaulting her causing actual bodily harm, but the magistrates decided to commit him to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing.’
      • ‘He will continue to hear evidence on their behalf next week before deciding whether to commit them to stand trial.’
      • ‘He admitted all the charges and district judge Simon Cooper committed him to the Crown Court for sentencing, warning that all options, including custody, were open.’
      • ‘The magistrates committed her to Preston Crown Court for sentence after ruling their powers of punishment were insufficient.’
      • ‘Magistrates had committed her to Preston Crown Court for sentence.’
      • ‘The bench found the prosecution case proved and committed him to the crown court for sentencing.’
      • ‘She pleaded guilty to the offences at Dewsbury Magistrates Court on October 22 when she was committed to the Crown Court for sentencing.’
      • ‘He admitted the offences in November when he appeared before magistrates in Selby, who committed him to York Crown Court yesterday for sentence.’
      • ‘She had admitted the remaining charges at York Magistrates' Court, which committed her to the Crown Court for sentence.’
      • ‘The head magistrate said the court had insufficient powers to deal with the case, and he was committed to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing.’
      • ‘Magistrates decided their powers of sentence were insufficient to deal with the man and committed him to Hull Crown Court for sentence.’
      • ‘If one considers the last situation, the magistrates' court which committed a defendant will not have made any order as to costs.’
    3. 3.3Send (someone) to be confined in a psychiatric hospital.
      ‘he had been committed for treatment’
      • ‘A woman named Slava Denisov was committed to a psychiatric hospital for collecting signatures on a petition against the war.’
      • ‘This was his last public appearance before he was committed to a psychiatric hospital on Sunday.’
      • ‘A vagrant who lived rough for a time in Stromness was committed to a psychiatric hospital on Friday, after a sheriff in Wick rejected a plea to grant the man the freedom to return to his nomadic lifestyle in Orkney.’
      • ‘The Tribunal heard Marie was so concerned about him, she had him arrested under the Mental Treatment Act and considered committing him to a psychiatric hospital against his will.’
      • ‘Those events led authorities to commit Wolfli to the Waldau Psychiatric Clinic near Bern in 1895, where he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and remained in residence until his death 35 years later.’
      • ‘And unless someone is committed to a psychiatric facility as mentally ill, adults in this country have the right to refuse mental health services.’
      • ‘We now believe he has been committed to that psychiatric unit.’
      • ‘Gray agreed to follow a three-year psychiatric community rehabilitation order committing him to constant appraisal, as well as treatment to raise his self-esteem.’
      • ‘But she recalls the day her family made the difficult decision to commit her to a psychiatric ward.’
      • ‘The therapist and his supervisor decided to commit Poddar to hospital and called the police to help.’
      • ‘Psychiatric nurses often have to escort patients whose families are committing them to hospital against their will.’
      • ‘But the voices continued to bedevil her, and later that year she was committed to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina.’
      • ‘A few years ago, she was committed to a mental hospital after a few failed suicide attempts.’
      • ‘And what if she had been committed to a mental hospital for the rest of her life?’
      • ‘The year after his father's death in 1856 he was committed to the Maine Insane Hospital, where he died many years later.’
      • ‘He dotes on her and refuses to believe that she is ill until her parents commit her to the hospital.’
      • ‘Her family had tried repeatedly to get her into treatment, but she had refused to go, and California had no law that would enable them to commit her to a hospital against her will.’
      • ‘Last week, the judge at his trial committed him to the State mental hospital and said stringent criteria should be imposed on his release.’
      • ‘When he engaged in a hunger strike, the authorities committed him to a hospital where he was force fed, involuntarily sedated, handcuffed and sometimes strapped to his bed for long periods.’
      • ‘With respect to an appropriate program to help him with his very severe problems, the Society could have brought application to the court for an order committing him to a secure treatment centre.’
      • ‘At least 18 people were wrongly committed by Highland doctors, according to a whistle-blower who claims she has since been forced out of her job as a medical records officer.’
      • ‘Louisiana, a defendant had been committed to a state mental hospital after a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.’
      hospitalize, confine, institutionalize, put away, lock away, lock up
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    4. 3.4Refer (a legislative bill) to a committee.
      ‘I happily commit this bill to the select committee.’
      • ‘I commit the bill to the select committee for consideration.’
      • ‘I intend to speak to a proposed motion to amend the resolution to commit the bill to select committee.’



/kəˈmit/ /kəˈmɪt/


Late Middle English from Latin committere ‘join, entrust’ (in medieval Latin ‘put into custody’), from com- ‘with’ + mittere ‘put or send’.