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 for consideration.
verb (used without object), committed, committing.
to pledge or engage oneself:
an athlete who commits to the highest standards.
verb (transitive) -mits, -mitting, -mitted
to hand over, as for safekeeping; charge; entrust: to commit a child to the care of its aunt
commit to memory, to learn by heart; memorize
to confine officially or take into custody: to commit someone to prison
(usually passive) to pledge or align (oneself), as to a particular cause, action, or attitude: a committed radical
to order (forces) into action
to perform (a crime, error, etc); do; perpetrate
to surrender, esp for destruction: she committed the letter to the fire
to refer (a bill, etc) to a committee of a legislature
1590s, “entrusted, delegated,” past participle adjective from commit (v.). Meaning “locked into a commitment” is from 1948.
late 14c., “to give in charge, entrust,” from Latin committere “to unite, connect, combine; to bring together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + mittere “to put, send” (see mission). Evolution into modern range of meanings is not entirely clear. Sense of “perpetrating” was ancient in Latin; in English from mid-15c. The intransitive use (in place of commit oneself) first recorded 1982, probably influenced by existentialism use (1948) of commitment to translate Sartre’s engagement “emotional and moral engagement.”
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.
- Committed data rate
communications (CDR) The data transfer rate that an ISP guarantees a virtual circuit will carry. The CDR is the data portion of Committed Information Rate (CIR). (2007-02-28)
- Committed facility
noun 1. an agreement by a bank to provide a customer with funds up to a specified limit at a specified rate of interest
- Committed information rate
communications (CIR) The guaranteed average bandwidth of a virtual circuit in a frame relay network. The CIR plus the Excess Information Rate (EIR, burst rate) is equal to or less than the speed of the access port into the network. The term CIR includes voice and non-data packets that are not included in the Committed […]
[kuh-mit-ee] /kəˈmɪt i/ noun 1. a person or group of persons elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter. 2. . 3. Law. an individual to whom the care of a person or a person’s estate is . noun 1. (kəˈmɪtɪ). a group […]