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English verb: commit

1. commit (social) perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

SamplesPerpetrate a crime.
Pull a bank robbery.

ExamplesThey commit him to write the letter

Synonymsperpetrate, pull

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)make, recommit

2. commit (communication) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

SamplesShe committed herself to the work of God.
Give one's talents to a good cause.
Consecrate your life to the church.

Synonymsconsecrate, dedicate, devote, give

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

Narrower (hyponym)apply, consecrate, rededicate, vow

Verb groupgive, give, sacrifice

3. commit (possession) cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution

SamplesAfter the second episode, she had to be committed.
He was committed to prison.

Synonymscharge, institutionalise, institutionalize, send

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)transfer

Narrower (hyponym)hospitalise, hospitalize

4. commit (possession) confer a trust upon

SamplesThe messenger was entrusted with the general's secret.
I commit my soul to God.

Synonymsconfide, entrust, intrust, trust

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

Narrower (hyponym)charge, commend, consign, obligate, recommit

5. commit (possession) make an investment

SamplesPut money into bonds.

Synonymsinvest, place, put

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

Narrower (hyponym)buy into, fund, job, roll over, shelter, speculate, tie up

Antonymsdisinvest, divest

6. commit (social) engage in or perform

SamplesPractice safe sex.
Commit a random act of kindness.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)engage, prosecute, pursue

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