commit (someone or something) to (something)

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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. © 2022 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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commit someone or something to something

to pledge or assign someone or something to something. The boss committed Ralph to the task. I cannot commit any more money to your project.
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commit to someone

to marry or enter into an exclusive relationship with another person. Jane says she loves me, but she's not ready to commit to any one person. If you can't commit to me, then this relationship is over.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ardent souls, ready to construct their coming lives, are apt to commit themselves to the fulfilment of their own visions.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the group, Senator Mohammed Ahmed, urged members of the party in the state to commit themselves to integration in the party rather than separation.
He said that it was good to see the positive experiences of others and that we will get to a point where countries will individually improve their legislation and free up space for the judicial bodies of SEECP member states to commit themselves to serious criminal offenses that endanger social values.
He said that they would deeply think about the message given by the people at the election and would commit themselves to perform their duties accurately and speedily.
"But I believe that there should also be a place in the modern Catholic Church for married priesthood and for men who do not wish to commit themselves to celibacy."
Strikers Chris Jones and Les Davies are the latest players to commit themselves to the Welsh Cup holders for at least another season.
In addition to the two parties committing themselves in the agreement to the directive of persuading southerners to vote for voluntary unity in the referendum, they equally commit themselves to the conduct of the referendum by 9th January, 2011.
The six students chosen to receive the one-time scholarships demonstrated a desire to overcome obstacles, dedicate themselves to worthy causes and commit themselves to higher learning.
Players are paid until the end of June in any case so there is no mad rush to go out and commit themselves to anyone.
"Young people [would] commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it's our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals," he said on Face the Nation.
By signing it, local representatives commit themselves to supporting efforts against human trafficking; they can also pledge to submit the declaration to their deliberative assemblies for adoption.
The church will certainly miss John, but perhaps the most fitting memorial would be for Anglicans to commit themselves to actions that bring them together, rather than those that divide them.
Warwickshire are keen to make the Stratford Festival an annual event but will commit themselves to taking county cricket away from Edgbaston only if the figures stack up.
The fundamental task of the family, he declares, is "to serve life, to actualize in history the original blessing of the Creator--that of transmitting by procreation the divine image from person to person." Commenting on the teaching on birth regulation set out in Humanae vitae, he invited theologians to commit themselves to the task of illustrating the biblical foundations, the ethical grounds, and the personalistic reasons behind this doctrine.
Although the book does not make for easy reading, it offers a new perspective that confounds the simplistic view, so often reflected in the literature, that welfare innovations can be readily secured when progressive political parties and popular leaders with the 'right' ideologies commit themselves to addressing pressing social needs.