verb (used with object), committed, committing.
to give in trust or charge; consign.
to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question; express (one's intention, feeling, etc.): Asked if he was a candidate, he refused to commit himself.
to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
to entrust, especially for safekeeping; commend: to commit one's soul to God.
to do; perform; perpetrate: to commit murder; to commit an error.
to consign to custody: to commit a delinquent to a reformatory.
to place in a mental institution or hospital by or as if by legal authority: He was committed on the certificate of two psychiatrists.
to deliver for treatment, disposal, etc.; relegate: to commit a manuscript to the flames.
to send into a battle: The commander has committed all his troops to the front lines.
Parliamentary Procedure. to refer (a bill or the like) to a committee for consideration.
verb (used without object), committed, committing.
to pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.

1350–1400; Middle English committen (< Anglo-French committer) < Latin committere, equivalent to com- com- + mittere to send, give over

committable, adjective
committer, noun
noncommitted, adjective
precommit, verb (used with object), precommitted, precommitting.
self-committing, adjective
uncommit, verb, uncommitted, uncommitting.
uncommitting, adjective
well-committed, adjective

6. carry out, effect, execute. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
commit (kəˈmɪt)
vb , -mits, -mitting, -mitted
1.  to hand over, as for safekeeping; charge; entrust: to commit a child to the care of its aunt
2.  commit to memory to learn by heart; memorize
3.  to confine officially or take into custody: to commit someone to prison
4.  (usually passive) to pledge or align (oneself), as to a particular cause, action, or attitude: a committed radical
5.  to order (forces) into action
6.  to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
7.  to surrender, esp for destruction: she committed the letter to the fire
8.  to refer (a bill, etc) to a committee of a legislature
[C14: from Latin committere to join, from com- together + mittere to put, send]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. committere "to bring together," from com- "together" + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). Evolution into modern range of meanings is not entirely clear. Sense of "perpetrating" was ancient in Latin. The intransitive use (in place of commit oneself)
first recorded 1982, probably influenced by existentialism use (1948) of commitment to translate Sartre's engagement "to emotionally and morally engage."
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Medical Dictionary

commit com·mit (kə-mĭt')
v. com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting, com·mits
To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility.

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Example sentences
They may be more likely to commit the sort of extravagantly violent crimes that
  attract stiff sentences.
Blacks are more likely to be jailed because they commit more crimes, she argues.
If you prefer to be unfree, go commit the crime of your choice and get put in
If they commit themselves to mutual objectives, they'll drive themselves more
  effectively than you can drive them.
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