Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

commit

commit
Meaning(s)
1) devote or dedicate oneself to sth
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • commit to a relationship/job/course
  • Analysis

    To 'commit' is a verb meaning to carry out or perform an act (usually one which is a crime or immoral). Commit can also mean to pledge or dedicate yourself to a particular course of action or behaviour. In a social context to 'commit' means to agree to be in a long term relationship with someone. In the context of law or medicine to 'commit' someone can mean to consign someone to prison or other residential services on reprimand or for long term treatment. You can also 'commit' something meaning to record it officially on paper or formally so it can be preserved for future access or reference. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When John first met his wife he knew he wanted to commit to the relationship.
    2. The woman gave up her volunteer work as she wanted to commit to raising her family.
    3. He has a strong work ethic. He's very committed to his job.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. All orders to be carried out now need to be committed to the database, in case we need to trace the order of command at a later time.
    2. We are willing to offer you the contract on the terms you have requested in the event that you are happy to commit to the agreement for a period of three years.
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