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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. © 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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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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He had earlier asked me if a public servant still has "life" after committing oneself to the service of his constituent.
And I pledge that I will firmly pass on to those who are younger the idea, which is the origin of our company's foundation, of committing oneself to the struggle, not for oneself, but for society and for smiles on the faces of the next generation."
Each of Gen Daniel Kodi, chairman of the SPLA peace wing and Bushara Jummaa Aroor, of the Justice Party and the commissioner of Kurmuk Steven Maissa, addressed the press conference as representatives of the inhabitants of the regions, reaffirming that signing the road map should mean committing oneself to implementing it in full.
Darlene Zschech (singer, songwriter, and pastor of Hope Unlimited Church) presents Worship Changes Everything: Experiencing God's Presence in Every Moment of Life, the unabridged audiobook rendition about the joy of committing oneself to Jesus Christ.
Without perfecting the art of storytelling, one should avoid committing oneself to narrate one's life events.
Practical reflection is always self-reflection since it consists in deliberately endorsing a way of committing oneself to norms.
Rolheiser quotes Thomas Merton, who refers to this fault as that of being "carried away by conflicting concerns" and "committing oneself to too many projects." As an insight for Catholics confused about the value of praying for the dead, he proposes a new set of revised reasons in favor of this hallowed practice.
However, singing and committing oneself to two rehearsals and five services a week, it soon became a way of life.
The postcommunist SLD and the curiously colorless PSL still get a two-digit support, but PSL is increasingly becoming a nocommitment party that one joins as the first step in one's career without committing oneself to any program or views.
However, I think one can profitably read her book as expressing the more circumscribed idea that some cognitive centers of the brain are involved in scientific reasoning, without committing oneself to any reductionist thesis.
"Absolutely speaking," he writes, "the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains for him; and it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it." Committing oneself to the market is no better than committing oneself to politics since both are ways of subordinating one's own judgment to the imperatives of external, authorities.
These practical benefits take away some of the mystery of why people like to encourage religious belief in others, without committing oneself to a specific biological adaptation for religion.
Our teaching of brotherhood and righteousness has, under the name of democracy and social justice, become the twentieth century striving of America and of western Europe." (3) In this sense, Zionism was no more than an extension of the citizen's obligation to work for the public welfare, and the goals of Zionism were so similar to those of the United States that, by committing oneself to Zionism, one would become a better American.
When someone makes a decision about what comes next, they're eliminating other possibilities, but at the same time, they're asserting themselves and committing themselves to a certain direction, and the very act of committing oneself to a solution or partial solution is decision making.
Brown says, "The goal, after 2005, is to have a group of 15-20 kids graduate from college every year." By putting her own money on the line to educate these children, Brown demonstrates the incredible impact of committing oneself to DOFE principle No.