W2S2 [kəˈmıt] v past tense and past participle committed present participle committing
2 commit suicide
3 commit adultery
4¦(say you will do something)¦
7¦(for trial)¦
9 commit something to memory
10 commit something to paper
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: committere, from com- ( COM-) + mittere 'to send']
1.) ¦(CRIME)¦ [T]
to do something wrong or illegal
Women commit fewer crimes than men.
commit murder/rape/arson etc
Brady committed a series of brutal murders.
2.) commit suicide
to kill yourself deliberately
3.) commit adultery
if a married person commits adultery, they have sex with someone who is not their husband or wife
to say that someone will definitely do something or must do something
commit sb to doing sth
He has clearly committed his government to continuing down the path of economic reform.
commit sb to sth
Meeting them doesn't commit us to anything.
commit yourself
I'd committed myself and there was no turning back.
commit yourself to (doing) sth
The banks have committed themselves to boosting profits by slashing costs.
5.) ¦(RELATIONSHIP)¦ [I and T]
to give someone your love or support in a serious and permanent way
Anna wants to get married, but Bob's not sure he wants to commit.
commit to
He has not yet committed to any of the candidates.
6.) ¦(MONEY/TIME)¦ [T]
to decide to use money, time, people etc for a particular purpose
commit sth to sth
A lot of money has been committed to this project.
7.) ¦(FOR TRIAL)¦ [T]
BrE to send someone to be tried in a court of law
The two men were committed for trial at Bristol Crown Court.
to order someone to be put in a hospital or prison
commit sb to sth
The judge committed him to prison for six months.
9.) commit sth to memory
formal to learn something so that you remember it
10.) commit sth to paper
formal to write something down

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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