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

transitive verb

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

Examples of overcommit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be mindful not to overcommit yourself socially after work. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 28 May 2024 Too much national ambition, for instance, can lead to overreach, imperiling the country that overcommits itself. Michael J. Mazarr, Foreign Affairs, 21 June 2022 Cautious not to overcommit, administration officials were at pains not to deem this a state-building project. Sarah Harrison, Foreign Affairs, 28 Sep. 2023 Okay, probably not, but the legendary actor joins the Only Murders cast this week as a heightened version of himself who overcommits to all of his parts. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 This brings us to our first don’t: Don’t overcommit your finances just because you’re approved for a certain amount. Erin Hayes Burt, Dallas News, 14 July 2023 Unfortunately, many organizations overcommit and take on too many priorities, stretching their people thin. Anna Oakes, Quartz, 1 June 2023 Definitely get out there and let loose, but don’t overcommit and burn yourself out. Jacqueline Tempera, Women's Health, 30 Apr. 2023 And don’t overcommit. Liz Guthridge, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcommit was in 1951

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“Overcommit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcommit. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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