Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “commit”

commit

verb [I/T] (PROMISE)   /kəˈmɪt/ (-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. 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.
(Definition of commit verb (PROMISE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of commit

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Obeying & breaking the law, but you might be interested in these topics from the Law and the police topic area:

Definitions of “commit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More