commit

To commit is to fully dedicate yourself to something. To commit yourself to being the coolest kid on the beach means spending hours at the mall trying on trunks and flip-flops.

Commit can also mean "perform an act" — often the kind that can get you in trouble. Just ask anyone who's committed theft, or arson, or vandalism. If you are committing another person, that means you are sending that person to an institution. Someone may be committed to prison, or to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: commit

1
v
engage in or perform
2
v
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
3
v
cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
4
v
make an investment
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: commit
1

v engage in or perform

commit a random act of kindness”
Synonyms:
practice
Type of:
engage, prosecute, pursue
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

v perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

Synonyms:
perpetrate, pull
Types:
make
carry out or commit
recommit
commit once again, as of a crime
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
2

v give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

“She committed herself to the work of God”
Synonyms:
consecrate, dedicate, devote, give
give
offer in good faith
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
Types:
consecrate, vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
rededicate
dedicate anew
apply
apply oneself to
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v confer a trust upon

“I commit my soul to God”
Synonyms:
confide, entrust, intrust, trust
Types:
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commend
give to in charge
charge, consign
give over to another for care or safekeeping
recommit
commit again
obligate
commit in order to fulfill an obligation
pledge
give as a guarantee
hock, pawn, soak
leave as a guarantee in return for money
check
hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
check
consign for shipment on a vehicle
Type of:
give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of
3

v cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution

“After the second episode, she had to be committed
“he was committed to prison”
Synonyms:
charge, institutionalise, institutionalize, send
Types:
hospitalise, hospitalize
admit into a hospital
Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another
4

v make an investment

Synonyms:
invest, place, put
Antonyms:
disinvest, divest
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)
Types:
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fund
invest money in government securities
roll over
re-invest (a previous investment) into a similar fund or security
shelter
invest (money) so that it is not taxable
tie up
invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes
job, speculate
invest at a risk
buy into
buy stocks or shares of a company
bull
try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
Type of:
drop, expend, spend
pay out
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