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Definition of the noun commit

What does commit mean as a name of something?


  1. [computing] The act of committing (e.g. a database transaction or source code into a source control repository), making it a permanent change.

Definition of the verb commit

What does commit mean as a doing word?

Commit is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: committed, committing

  1. perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    • example: They commit him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of commit: perpetrate / pull
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific words:
      • make = carry out or commit
      • recommit = commit once again, as of a crime
  2. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Proposition, subject control with -ing]I dedicated myself to helping us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Proposition, not sentential clause]I dedicated myself to the cause

      Dedicate Verbs (with the same syntax): dedicate, devote.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of commit: consecrate / dedicate / devote / give
    • more generic words: apply / employ / use / utilise / utilize = put into service
    • more specific words:
  3. cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - animate organization] [Verb] [Theme]We committed John
      [Agent - animate organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]We committed John to prison

      Confine Verbs (with the same syntax): confine, send.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of commit: charge / institutionalise / institutionalize / send
    • more generic word: transfer = move from one place to another
    • more specific words: hospitalise / hospitalize = admit into a hospital
  4. confer a trust upon
  5. make an investment
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of commit: invest / place / put
    • more generic words: drop / expend / spend = pay out
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
      • speculate / job = invest at a risk
      • buy into = buy stocks or shares of a company
  6. engage in or perform
    • example: commit a random act of kindness
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of commit: practice
    • more generic words: engage / prosecute / pursue = carry out or participate in an activity


"Commit": The day-to-day becomes suspenseful as a casual date turns into the love of a lifetime.


  1. COMMIT is a record label.
  2. Commit is a drug brand, brand.


  1. Commit: In computer science and data management, a commit is the making of a set of tentative changes permanent. A popular usage is at the end of a transaction. A commit is an act of committing.
  2. Commit: The motion to commit, in parliamentary procedure, is used to refer another motion—usually a main motion -- to a committee.
    • also known as 付委動議

Phrases with Commit

Phrases starting with the word Commit:

  1. Commit Point
  2. Commit a Bill
  3. commit suicide
  4. Commit to Memory

Phrase ending with the word Commit:

  1. to commit

Other phrases containing the word Commit:

  1. To Commit a Bill
  2. to commit suicide
  3. To Commit to Memory

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Commit

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Google previewDistributed Simulation (1997)

by John A. Hamilton, David A. Nash, Udo W. Pooch

The two-phase commit is a comparatively simple protocol. (Very few aspects of distributed systems are actually simple!) One shortcoming of the two-phase commit is that it does not prevent blocking. If a remote station fails during the ...

Google previewMastering Xcode 4 (2011)

Develop and Design by Joshua Nozzi

a Subversion user's commit means the change becomes part of the repository ( usually on a remote server from which it was checked out), whereas a Git user's commit is a local operation. The Git user has a copy of the entire repository (and ...

Google previewHandbook for Assessing and Treating Addictive Disorders (1992)

by Chris E. Stout, John L. Levitt, Douglas H. Ruben

THE COMMUNITY INTERVENTION TRIAL (COMMIT) The COMMIT is a national collaborative clinical trial involving 22 cities in the United States and Canada ( Cancer Letter, 1988). 6 The COMMIT is a public health trial that uses a community ...

Google previewTheory of Cryptography (2005)

Second Theory of Cryptography Conference, TCC 2005, Cambridge, MA, USA, February 10-12. 2005, Proceedings by Joe Kilian

The commitment algorithm Commit is a probabilistic polynomial-time algorithm that takes input 1k, the public-key pk and a string x which is an element of the group ZL(k) (where L(k) is a prime); it outputs a string Commitpk(x) of some length ...

Google previewAbbreviated Manual of Military Law (1888)

by Great Britain. War Office

commit is an offence against the Army Act, because it is either a military offence or a civil offence. If it is a civil offence, it is provided for by s, 41; if it is a military offence, it is either par. ticularly specified in the Act, or is an act to the prejudice of ...

Google previewHELP! I have been promoted...Now what do I do? (2005)

by Helmut W. Horchler

Neglecting to commit means giving up control and letting events or others determine what will happen, relegating you to bystander status. It is easier to live with yourself by being pro-active and doing something, than with what you did not do.

Google previewSystem Architecture with XML (2003)

by Berthold Daum, Udo Merten

commit is a way of handling a transaction in a distributed environment, ensuring that the transaction is performed either on all participating units or on none. Component An independent software module designed for plug & play reuse.

Google previewApache Solr Essentials (2015)

by Andrea Gazzarini

the difference between hard and soft commits, it's important to remember that a hard commit is an expensive operation, causing changes to be permanently flushed to disk. Soft commits operate exclusively in memory, and are therefore very ...

Google previewA Complete Encyclopedia of Virginia Law (1922)

Being a Concise But Complete Alphabetical Presentation of the Present Common and Statute Law, Civil and Criminal of the Commonwealth Based on the Monumental Works of Dr. B. Minor, Etc.; with Forms by Samuel Need Hurst

or River Craft, with Intent to Commit Murder, Rape, Ror- hery, or other Felony. Description : "feloniously did break and enter (or. feloniously did enter, without breaking, in the night-time of that day) a certain railroad car (or ship or ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

contravene Commit crime/illegal action—offend, perpetrate Commit fraud— embezzle Commit oneself to a bold course of...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

U;*r« COMMIT, ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1892)

by John Houston Merrill, Thomas Johnson Michie, Charles Frederic Williams, David Shephard Garland

A count in an indictment charging rape may be joined with others charging an assault with intent to commit rape, or a simple assault and battery — the lesser offense Deing merged in the greater.1 On an indictment for rape, the prosecutor will ...

Google previewLaw Dictionary (1897)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

Murder, manslaughter, assault with intent to commit murder, piracy, arson, robbery, forgery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, larceny, receiving money or valuables known to have been embezzled, stolen, or fraudulently obtained, fraud by a ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary (1897)

by John Bouvier

Murder, manslaughter, assault with intent to commit murder, piracy, arson, robbery, forgery, countereiting, embezzlement ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1899)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts

* ' * by the means aforesaid, thus feloniously did attempt to commit a felony-to wit, a larceny-against the peace and dignity," etc. In Hayes v. State, 15 Lea (Tenn.) 64, the indictment charged that the defendant, "on the 201/: day ...

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Usage statistics about commit

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Quotes about Commit

All the passions make us commit faults love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones. (La Rochefoucauld)
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Scrabble value of C3O1M3M3I1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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