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verb     commit pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecommitting
past tensecommitted
past participlecommitted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to do something illegal or morally wrong
    commit a crime/an offence:

    The study aims to find out what makes people commit crimes.

    commit murder/a robbery etc:

    conspiracy to commit murder

    commit adultery:

    He had admitted to committing adultery.

    commit suicide:

    Reports suggest that the singer committed suicide.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make someone agree or promise to do something
    commit someone to (doing) something:

    The agreement commits them to a minimum number of performances per year.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to promise to do something
      commit to (doing) something:

      He would have to commit to spending several thousand pounds.

      I do not want to commit to any particular date.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to decide to have a permanent relationship with someone

    He’s not ready to commit.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to say that you will use available things or people for a particular purpose
    commit something to something:

    They’ll have to commit more money to the project if it’s to succeed.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to say officially that someone must go to prison
    commit someone to something:

    The judge committed the men to prison for contempt of court.

  6. 6
    [transitive] [usually passive] to officially state that someone is mentally ill and should go to a hospital to be treated
  7. 7
    [transitive] formal to give someone or something to someone else to look after
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