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commitverb

  • commit verb (PROMISE)

 us   /kəˈmɪt/ [I/T] (-tt-) to ​promise to give yourself, ​yourmoney, ​yourtime, 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 ​taxreform.
  • commit verb (PUT)

 /kəˈmɪt/ [T] (-tt-) to ​actively put ​information in ​yourmemory 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 ​consideredwrong: 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 ​mentalhospital or ​treatmentcenter: He was ​once committed to a ​statementalhospital.
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"commit" in British English

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commitverb

uk   /kəˈmɪt/  us   /kəˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
  • commit verb (CRIME)

B2 [T] to do something ​illegal or something that is ​consideredwrong: 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 ​yourloyalty, ​time, or ​money to a ​particularprinciple, ​person, or ​plan of ​action: Like so many men, he has ​problems committing himself to a ​relationship. The ​government must commit itself to improvinghealthcare. 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 ​tellpeople 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.

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commitverb

uk   us   /kəˈmɪt/ (-tt-)
[I or T] to promise to do something or to promise that something will ​happen: commit to sth The ​CEOdeclined to commit to a ​time frame for the decision.commit to doing sth Families who ​sign up to the ​service have to commit to ​buying their ​groceries from one ​internetsource for a ​year.commit youself (to sth) Carefully ​check out ​arrangements before committing yourself.
[T] to decide or promise to use something for a particular ​purpose: commit sth (to sth) Check who you are ​dealing with and the ​terms and ​conditions on the ​account before committing ​cash.commit sth to do sth He has committed $5 million of his own ​money to get the ​project going.
[T] to do something ​illegal or that is considered wrong: commit a ​crime/​felony/​offence She is ​charged with ​conspiracy to commit ​fraud.
(Definition of commit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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