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recommit

To recommit is to make a promise again, like when you recommit yourself to serving your Girl Scout troop by selling loads of cookies. It can also mean to carry out a crime for a subsequent time (something a Girl Scout would never do).

When you recommit to cleaning your guinea pig's cage daily, you swear that you'll get back on a regular cleaning schedule. When you and your friends paint graffiti on your neighbor's garage two days in a row, you recommit the crime of vandalism. The prefix re- tells you that this verb is describing repeated or recurring action.

Definitions of recommit
  1. verb
    commit again
    “It was recommitted into her custody”
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    type of:
    commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
    confer a trust upon
  2. verb
    commit once again, as of a crime
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    type of:
    commit, perpetrate, pull
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
  3. verb
    send back to a committee
    “The bill was recommitted three times in the House”
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    type of:
    refer
    send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision
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