verb (commits, committing, committed)[with object]
- 1Carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act): he committed an uncharacteristic errorMore example sentences
- More criminals than ever before are carrying weapons to commit crimes.
- I'm grateful it has taught me not to commit such immoral acts.
- On each occasion, magistrates had warned him that he could be resentenced for his crimes if he committed another offence within a year.
- 2Pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy: they were reluctant to commit themselves to an opinion the treaty commits each party to defend the other try it out before you commit to a purchaseMore example sentences
- And of course, we're committed to helping them as much as we can.
- We are committed to our organization, to our profession, and to our patients.
- While she is yet to define her role with the organisation, she is committed enough to take the first step.
- 2.1Pledge or set aside (resources) for future use: manufacturers will have to commit substantial funds to developing new enginesMore example sentences
- But he said they would examine it closely before committing their resources, which are increasingly in demand, to any investigation.
- It's good that we're committing new resources as of today.
- Why not give the idea a fighting chance by committing whatever resources are necessary to improve the promising technology?
- 2.2 (be committed to) Be in a long-term emotional relationship with (someone).More example sentences
- For Dante, it ended with the realization that he was too committed to it to be committed to a woman.
- I think it may have been the case that Mr Smith was committed to the claimant and wanted to live with her but I am not satisfied that this wish was reciprocated by Miss King.
- I would do anything to change this situation because I am committed to you and to our relationship and because I love you so much.
- 2.3 (be committed to) Be dedicated to (something): we must be committed to peaceMore example sentences
- At her new job, Pully found a well-run school and a dedicated staff that was committed to teaching students well.
- The Government is committed to encouraging modern businesses which develop and build on the strengths and commitment of their workforce.
- That is not consistent with the agreement which says that everybody has to be committed to exclusively peaceful means.
- 3.1Consign (someone) officially to prison, especially on remand: he was committed to prison for contempt of courtMore example sentences
consign, send, deliver, confine
- But, generally speaking, once people are committed to prison they are in the hands of the Executive Government.
- That is to say a man would be committed to prison until such time as he purged his contempt by complying with the order.
- If, however, the fugitive is committed to prison, the Act contemplates that he may seek to challenge that warrant by habeas corpus proceedings.
- 3.2Send (a person or case) for trial.More example sentences
- Earlier this week, the magistrates committed Murdoch to stand trial saying he had a case to answer on all three charges.
- The preliminary inquiry judge exceeded her jurisdiction in committing him to trial for the more serious charge.
- After a magistrate committed him to trial, the office of the Director for Public Prosecutions, or DPP in Queensland, decided not to proceed with the cases.
- 3.3Send (someone) to be confined in a psychiatric hospital: he had been committed for treatmentMore example sentences
- A woman named Slava Denisov was committed to a psychiatric hospital for collecting signatures on a petition against the war.
- This was his last public appearance before he was committed to a psychiatric hospital on Sunday.
- A vagrant who lived rough for a time in Stromness was committed to a psychiatric hospital on Friday, after a sheriff in Wick rejected a plea to grant the man the freedom to return to his nomadic lifestyle in Orkney.
- 3.4 (commit something to) Transfer something to (a state or place): he composed a letter but didn’t commit it to paper she committed each tiny feature to memory committed to the flamesMore example sentences
- Unfortunately I was in Anglesey with no means of committing my thoughts to anything permanent, and now, after a four and a half hour drive back two hours of which were spent on the M6, my brain isn't functioning at it's usual level.
- The ability to complete the circuit from reading to published opinion in just a few clicks allows, and almost demands that we forego a space of time to step back and reflect and discuss before committing our reactions to words.
- ‘Publish and be damned’ is a phrase that some of us are familiar with and this very potential damnation stops many from committing their ideas to paper.
- 3.5Refer (a legislative bill) to a committee.More example sentences
- I happily commit this bill to the select committee.
- I commit the bill to the select committee for consideration.
- I intend to speak to a proposed motion to amend the resolution to commit the bill to select committee.
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- Although I think he is a danger to others, especially Lenore, I can't honestly say either that the danger is imminent or that I think he is committable.
- If I'm to be considered the Bad Girl, out of control, committable, I plan to teach the world exactly what these labels mean.
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- For the first solution the government could undertake a list of crimes the committer should be killed for.
- Projects highly centralized on this measure would have a small core of regular code committers, whereas more decentralized projects would have code written by a greater proportion of individuals involved in the project.
- Although most committers of incest were sentenced to banishment for life, it is not surprising that magistrates were not entirely consistent in imposing punishments.
late Middle English: from Latin committere 'join, entrust' (in medieval Latin 'put into custody'), from com- 'with' + mittere 'put or send'.