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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: commits, committing, committed
definition 1: to dedicate, devote, or pledge.
She committed herself to helping the poor for the rest of her life.You'll need to commit a lot of time to the project.He was afraid of committing himself to just one woman.You'll never succeed in this sport if you don't commit more effort.We can't spend that money because we have committed it to our children's education.
pledge, plight
similar words:
bind, covenant, promise, undertake, vow
definition 2: to do; perform.
Who do you think committed the crime?The police believe that the woman committed suicide.The man had already committed one murder.He wants to repent for the sins he has committed.Who could commit such a foul act?
do, perform, perpetrate
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definition 3: to put into confinement, as in a mental hospital.
Because he had become a danger to himself and others, his brother committed him to a mental hospital.
confine, institutionalize
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definition 4: to consign in order to retain.
I committed the poem to memory.
definition 5: to give over in trust.
She committed her estate in support of the arts.
commend, consign, delegate, entrust, trust
similar words:
assign, hand over, transfer
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to dedicate, devote, or pledge oneself.
As hard as she tried, she found she could not commit to life as a nun.
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)commit allegedly, deeply, firmly, formally, fully, genuinely, involuntarily, orally, passionately, publicly, strongly, totally
(v.)commit + nounHelp act, adultery, aggression, arson, assault, blunder, burglary, crime, cruelty, deed, error, espionage, evil, fallacy, faux, felony, firearm, foul, fraud, gaffe, genocide, heresy, humanity, incest, infraction, kidnapping, killing, massacre, memory, misconduct, misdemeanor, murder, offence, offense, outrage, penalty, perjury, rape, robbery, sacrilege, sin, suicide, terrorism, theft, tort, treason, turnover, violation, violence, wrongdoing [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: committed (adj.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word commit contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the 'm' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."