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verb uk   us   /kəˈmɪt/ (-tt-)

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
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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 somethingcommit sth to paper to write something down: Perhaps we should commit these ideas to paper before we forget them.
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commit verb (SEND)

[T] formal to send someone officially to prison or hospital: He's been committed to prison for fraud.
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