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English definition of “commit”

commit

verb uk   /kəˈmɪt/ (-tt-) us  

commit verb (CRIME)

B2 [T] to do something illegal or something that is considered wrong: He was sent to prison for a crime that he didn't commit. to commit adultery/murder to commit an offence

commit verb (PROMISE)

C2 [I or T] to promise or give your loyalty, time, or money to a particular principle, person, or plan of action: Like so many men, he has problems committing himself to a relationship. The government must commit itself to improving healthcare. Once we have committed to this course of action there is no going back. commit yourself to express an opinion or to make a decision that you tell people about: I think I can come but I won't commit myself till I know for sure. commit sth to memory to make certain that you remember something commit sth to paper to write something down: Perhaps we should commit these ideas to paper before we forget them.

commit verb (SEND)

[T] formal to send someone officially to prison or hospital: He's been committed to prison for fraud.
(Definition of commit from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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