commit Definition

  • 1to do something illegal or harmful
  • 2to promise or give your loyalty, time, or money to a particular principle, person, or plan of action
  • 3to carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act)

Using commit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "commit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was committed to his job and worked long hours every day.

  • Example

    She committed herself to the project and spent all her free time working on it.

  • Example

    The suspect committed the crime in broad daylight.

  • Example

    I can't believe I committed such a stupid mistake.

commit Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for commit

Idioms Using commit

  • to make a firm decision to do something


    She committed herself to finishing the marathon, no matter how difficult it got.

  • to cremate someone's remains


    After he died, his family committed him to the flames according to his wishes.

  • to be overly proud or arrogant


    He committed the sin of pride by boasting about his accomplishments to everyone he met.

Phrases with commit

  • to learn something so well that you can remember it perfectly


    I committed the poem to memory so I could recite it at the poetry slam.

  • to write something down


    I committed my thoughts to paper and wrote a letter to my congressman.

  • to fully embrace and support an idea or plan of action


    After much discussion, we decided to commit to the idea of starting our own business.

Origins of commit

from Latin 'committere', meaning 'to bring together'


Summary: commit in Brief

The verb 'commit' [kəˈmɪt] has three main meanings: doing something illegal or harmful, promising loyalty or support, and carrying out a mistake or immoral act. Examples include 'The suspect committed the crime in broad daylight.' and 'She committed herself to the project and spent all her free time working on it.' Phrases like 'commit to memory' and idioms like 'commit oneself' extend the concept of commitment to learning, decision-making, and personal qualities like pride.

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