commit ( commits 3rd person present) ( committing present participle) ( committed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If someone commits a crime or a sin, they do something illegal or bad.
I have never committed any crime... V n
This is a man who has committed murder. V n
2 verb If someone commitssuicide, they deliberately kill themselves.
There are unconfirmed reports he tried to commit suicide. V n
3 verb If you commit money or resources to something, you decide to use them for a particular purpose.
They called on Western nations to commit more money to the poorest nations... V n to/for n/-ing
He should not commit American troops without the full consent of Congress. V n
4 verb If you commityourself to something, you say that you will definitely do it. If you commityourself to someone, you decide that you want to have a long-term relationship with them.
I would advise people to think very carefully about committing themselves to working Sundays... V pron-refl to -ing/n
I'd like a friendship that might lead to something deeper, but I wouldn't want to commit myself too soon... V pron-refl
You don't have to commit to anything over the phone. V to n, Also V n to n
committed adj oft ADJ to n/-ing
He said the government remained committed to peace., ...a committed socialist.
5 verb If you do not want to commityourself on something, you do not want to say what you really think about it or what you are going to do.
It isn't their diplomatic style to commit themselves on such a delicate issue... V pron-refl on n
She didn't want to commit herself one way or the other. V pron-refl
6 verb If someone is committedto a hospital, prison, or other institution, they are officially sent there for a period of time.
Arthur's drinking caused him to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. be V-ed to n, Also be V-ed
7 verb In the British legal system, if someone is committed for trial, they are sent by magistrates to stand trial in a crown court.
He is expected to be committed for trial at Liverpool Crown Court. be V-ed for n
8 verb If you commit something to paper or to writing, you record it by writing it down. If you commit something to memory, you learn it so that you will remember it.
She had not committed anything to paper about it... V n to n
I'll repeat that so you can commit it to memory. V n to n