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English definition of “commit”

commit

verb [T]
 
 
/kəˈmɪt/ (present participle committing, past tense and past participle committed)
CRIME B2 to do something that is considered wrong, or that is illegal: He was sent to prison for a crime that he didn't commit. to commit suicide/adultery Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviourCrime - general words
DECISION to make a firm decision that you will do something: He committed himself to helping others.Making and breaking promises and commitments
not commit yourself to refuse to express an opinion about a particular subjectDigressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
MONEY/TIME If you commit money, time, energy, etc to something, you use it to try to achieve something: The government has committed thousands of pounds to the research.Investing money
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