over·​com·​mit | \ ˌō-vər-kə-ˈmit How to pronounce overcommit (audio) \
overcommitted; overcommitting; overcommits

Definition of overcommit

transitive verb

: to commit excessively: such as
a : to obligate (someone, such as oneself) beyond the ability for fulfillment
b : to allocate (resources) in excess of the capacity for replenishment

Other Words from overcommit

overcommitment \ ˌō-​vər-​kə-​ˈmit-​mənt How to pronounce overcommit (audio) \ noun

Examples of overcommit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t overcommit to others, and spend your time doing what really sounds fun to you. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2021 Be careful not to overcommit, however, as that might raise questions about a student’s ability to meet the school’s rigorous academic standards. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2020 Just don't overcommit to a grandiose plan or overlook a nagging suspicion. Aurora Tower, Cosmopolitan, 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of overcommit

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcommit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcommit. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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