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commit verb (PROMISE)

 us   /kəˈmɪt/ [I/T] (-tt-) to promise to give yourself, your money, your time, etc., to support something: [I/T] They wouldn’t commit (to giving) enough time or money to the project.  us   /kəˈmɪt/ [I/T] (-tt-) If you do not commit yourself about something, you refuse to express an opinion about it: [T] Neither candidate would commit himself on the issue of tax reform.

commit verb (PUT)

 /kəˈmɪt/ [T] (-tt-) to actively put information in your memory or write it down: These rules must be committed to memory. I wouldn't want to commit these comments to paper.

commit verb (CRIME)

 us   /kəˈmɪt/ [T] (-tt-) to do something illegal or considered wrong: He committed a crime in providing the information to a reporter.

commit verb (SEND FOR TREATMENT)

 us   /kəˈmɪt/ [T] (-tt-) fml to cause someone to stay in a mental hospital or treatment center: He was once committed to a state mental hospital.
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