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COMMIT (committed, committing)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commit mean? 

COMMIT (verb)
  The verb COMMIT has 5 senses:

1. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
2. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
3. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
4. confer a trust upon
5. make an investment

  Familiarity information: COMMIT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMMIT (verb)


Sense 1commit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

commit; perpetrate; pull

Context examples:

perpetrate a crime / pull a bank robbery

Hypernyms (to "commit" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commit"):

make (carry out or commit)

recommit (commit once again, as of a crime)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They commit him to write the letter


Sense 2commit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dedicate; devote; commit; consecrate; give

Context examples:

She committed herself to the work of God / give one's talents to a good cause / consecrate your life to the church

Hypernyms (to "commit" is one way to...):

apply; employ; use; utilise; utilize (put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commit"):

consecrate; vow (dedicate to a deity by a vow)

rededicate (dedicate anew)

apply (apply oneself to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 3commit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

institutionalize; institutionalise; commit; send; charge

Context examples:

After the second episode, she had to be committed / he was committed to prison

Hypernyms (to "commit" is one way to...):

transfer (move from one place to another)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commit"):

hospitalise; hospitalize (admit into a hospital)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 4commit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confer a trust upon

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

intrust; entrust; confide; commit; trust

Context examples:

The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret / I commit my soul to God

Hypernyms (to "commit" is one way to...):

give; hand; pass; pass on; reach; turn over (place into the hands or custody of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commit"):

obligate (commit in order to fulfill an obligation)

recommit (commit again)

charge; consign (give over to another for care or safekeeping)

commend (give to in charge)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 5commit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an investment

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

invest; put; commit; place

Context example:

Put money into bonds

Hypernyms (to "commit" is one way to...):

drop; expend; spend (pay out)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "commit"):

buy into (buy stocks or shares of a company)

job; speculate (invest at a risk)

tie up (invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes)

shelter (invest (money) so that it is not taxable)

roll over (invest (a previously investment) into a similar fund or security)

fund (invest money in government securities)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


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