commit oneself to

commit (someone or something) to (something)

1. To agree to something. I'm sorry, but I can't commit myself to your project because it seems fundamentally flawed.
2. To devote or dedicate oneself or another to someone or something. You need to fully commit yourself to your family and stop working so many hours. Jana won an academic award after committing herself to her studies. I can commit six of my employees to this project.
3. To engage in an exclusive romantic relationship. I really want to commit to Ryan, but his history of womanizing makes me reluctant to trust him.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

commit oneself to someone or something

to devote oneself to someone or something; to be faithful to someone or something. He committed himself to his wife. She settled down and committed herself to her job.
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commit oneself to something

1. to agree to something; to promise or pledge to do something. Yes, I will commit myself to the repair of the door frame. Will you commit yourself to finishing on time?
2. to promise to support and assist something. I can't commit myself to your cause at the present time. Maybe next month when I am less busy. She committed herself to being there on time.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"A Christian never takes pleasure from the fact of a man's death, but sees it as an opportunity to reflect on each person's responsibility, before God and humanity, and to hope and commit oneself to seeing that no event becomes another occasion to disseminate hate but rather to foster peace."
Relying implies one's free choice to commit oneself to another person.
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Certainly, learning a large repertory, coping with injuries and illnesses, the realities of touring abroad, performing in challenging venues, taking care of oneself in order to always be able to do the work, and what it meant to commit oneself to a great innovator's choreography, were vital pieces of career information.
"Discrimination among values" means the ability to distinguish various kinds of values, aesthetic, moral and intellectual and then to commit oneself to such values in the conduct of life.
However, to adopt this expedient is to commit oneself to the view that the reasons that are good and the reasons for which agents act are entities of two very different kinds, and thus that it is impossible for an agent to act for good reasons.
It has been remarked that the Nazi mentality was incapable of metaphor, that to call people vermin was to commit oneself to exterminating them.
It takes incredible strength, courage and faith to seek our treatment and then to commit oneself to it.
He argues that a naturalistic bioethics can avoid the fallacy if one can grant that humans "have evolved tendencies that enhance the community good," which he regards as "the basis of the highest moral good" (26), and one does not commit oneself to a particular view of that good.
Although basic skills can be learned from course work, readings, independent study, continuing education programs, and seminars, learning them really entails personal development, and they cannot be adequately mastered in a short-term training session.[34] The key is to commit oneself to practicing these skills in everyday settings, to continually evaluate outcomes, and to reassess methods for maximizing effectiveness in each situation.
To vow obedience is to commit oneself to participate in the process of discernment and in the work of embodying the fruits of discernment in life and mission.
It is not needed to state the intention of fasting verbally, as it is enough to silently commit oneself to the intent of fasting and then one should approach the month with a clear conscience and a purity of mind and soul.
Parents and young women have told us that it would be difficult to commit oneself to an organization that so openly discriminates against women and bars women from decision-making.
It is a refusal to commit oneself to the pursuit of the good by following the path of truth.
We believe what Pope John Paul II said in his Hiroshima Peace Appeal in 1981: "To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future." To remember Hiroshima also invites us to remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the cruel and dehumanizing colonization of the countries of the Asia Pacific region, the Nanking massacre, the Bataan Death March.