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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.


Synonymspractice


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)engage, prosecute, pursue









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