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commit vb

1 a : to put into another's charge or trust
: entrust consign [committed her children to her sister's care]
b : to place in a prison or mental hospital esp. by judicial order [was found to be gravely disabled and was involuntarily committed to the Central Louisiana State Hospital "In the Matter of K.G., 531 So. 2d 575 (1988)"] compare institutionalize, interdict
c : to send (as a legislative bill) to a committee for consideration and report [ the crime bill to the joint committee]
2 : to carry into action deliberately
: perpetrate [to define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas "U.S. Constitution art. I"]
3 : obligate bind
: to obligate or bind oneself [would not to the irrevocable order]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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