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I am reading the following definition of commit

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commit

1c. to consign or record for preservation. Example: commit it to memory

Now I am trying to understand the word "consign" in the above entry.

Here are the choices for "consign":

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consign

1: to give over to another's care

2: to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also : to commit especially to a final destination or fate (a writer consigned to oblivion)

3: to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold

Why do none of these definitions fit perfectly? In English am I supposed to invent my own figurative meaning to make it fit?

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“to commit especially to a final destination” –  Bradd Szonye May 16 '13 at 15:45
    
Consign. Explains it without the use of commit. –  Matt Эллен May 17 '13 at 10:35
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It's the 2nd definition, particularly the bit after the colon.

to commit especially to a final destination or fate (a writer consigned to oblivion)

Of course, you're getting into circular definitions a bit there. Consign means to commit, which means to consign. Oddly enough every online dictionary I checked has this same issue.

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