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. © 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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"There can be no better proof of our good faith," said the marquis, "than our committing ourselves to you in the eyes of the world the other evening.
On the question of weaning Drax off coal, if this biomass is not of UK supply then we are committing ourselves to yet another imported supply for one of our vital commodities ("Miracle workers," PE February).
"It was a bit scary at first, the idea of committing ourselves to a mortgage, but it's been so worth it.
"At the moment we are not committing ourselves to any dates for the roll out of the Food Security Act.
We are setting an example by doing our part, by committing ourselves to be at the forefront of innovative research," said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
Kelly is a founding member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization for people who lost family members in the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001."At a time when our nation needed models for how to deal with our grief and anger, Colleen and the members of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows showed us how to do so--seeking our own healing by committing ourselves to the work of making a more peaceful and just world for all," said Ronaldo Cruz, acting executive director of Pax Christi USA.
So by committing ourselves to lessening the burden on state handouts we are penalised.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Liverpool highlighted the city's forthcoming year as Europe's Capital of Culture, saying: "God has given us so much as a city that in this next year we can repay by offering up our talents and committing ourselves to serve one another in this wider community."
"By committing ourselves to the future of technology in accordance with our pledge to dedication and reliability, we are the future of real estate," added Baum.
Reverend Peter Borgdorff, head of the Christian Reformed Church, said, "As signatories, we are committing ourselves to use our influence as evangelical leaders to focus attention and prompt action of Christian believers to work to limit the emissions that are contributing to disastrous climate change."
"This is where we honor the struggles of our mothers and promote the dreams of our daughters by committing ourselves to protecting women's lives--by protecting women's choices.
And it is a book that offers us a way out of the spiral of consumption--a way embracing spiritual practices that feed and nourish our deepest hungers and a way committing ourselves to communities of faith and hope and love that offer us both consolation and support as we seek to respond to and resist consumption's worst elements.
'By joining up we are committing ourselves to endorsing the report's findings.'