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commit (oneself or something) for (something)

To agree to involvement in something; to make a commitment to something. Can you believe she asked us to commit ourselves for her move on Saturday? I want to enjoy my day off! Unfortunately, I can't commit my time for your project.
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commit (oneself) on (something)

To agree to something; to make a commitment to something. I'm sorry, but I can't commit myself on your project because it seems fundamentally flawed.
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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.
See also: commit, to

commit (something) to memory

To make an effort to learn something; to memorize something. Everyone in our English class had to commit a poem to memory and then recite it before the class. I just can't seem to commit your phone number to memory!
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conspiracy to commit murder

In law, an offense marked by an agreement or contract one makes with or among others to murder someone else. The emails between himself and the other suspects gave the prosecution enough evidence to charge them all with conspiracy to commit murder.
See also: commit, conspiracy, murder, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

commit oneself on something

to agree to something; to promise or pledge to do something. I'm sorry, but I can't commit myself on this matter until I know more details.
See also: commit, on

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.
See also: commit, to

commit someone or something for something

to promise someone or something for a particular purpose or time. I can't commit myself for Friday night. We are unable to commit any more funds for your project.
See also: commit, for

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.
See also: commit, to

commit something to memory

to memorize something. Do we have to commit this poem to memory? The dress rehearsal of the play is tomorrow night. Please make sure you have committed all your lines to memory by that time.
See also: commit, memory, to

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.
See also: commit, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

commit to memory

Learn by heart, memorize, as in The director insisted that the altos commit their part to memory by Tuesday. First recorded in 1875, this phrase today is often replaced by the shorter memorize.
See also: commit, memory, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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(13) Mental abnormality is defined in the act as "congenital or acquired condition affecting the emotional or volitional capacity which predisposes the person to commit sexually violent offenses in a degree constituting such people a menace to the health and safety of others." (14) The Court ruled that the statute satisfies constitutional due process because it requires a precommitment finding that these individuals are dangerous and suffer from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that renders them dangerous beyond their control.
They use the term mentally ill to refer to a condition that diminishes people's abilities to understand the nature and quality of their acts or to commit them with conscious intent.
The Court reasoned that unless the enabling act admitting a state into the Union excluded state jurisdiction over crimes committed on an Indian reservation involving only non-Indian parties, state courts are vested with jurisdiction over non-Indi ans who commit crimes on Indian lands.
Drug traffickers can be charged and convicted of conspiracy even though they have not completed the drug crime they agreed to commit. This is true even if the police, by arresting the conspirators, make it impossible for them to complete the offense.
A crime is legally impossible to commit if the planned conduct of the conspirators is not a crime.
In most cases, persons involved in a conspiracy will take steps to commit the agreed-upon crime.
A wide range of individuals are likely to commit voice-mail fraud.
This practice gives countless others the means to commit fraud.
Future developments: USC commit Max Redfield is debating on opening his recruitment up to visit Oregon.
Three-star Oregon commit Johnny Mundt will officially visit Oregon for the Stanford game.
A child who has a history of uncontrollable outbursts and tantrums is significantly more likely to commit an act of violence.
There are several factors that predispose students to commit a violent act.