Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bind or obligate (oneself, for example) beyond the capacity for realization.
  • transitive v. To allocate or apportion (money, goods, or resources) in amounts incapable of replacement.
  • intransitive v. To be or become overcommitted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make excessive commitments, either beyond one's ability or beyond what is reasonable
  • n. Allocation of more resources than are actually available.

Etymologies

over- +‎ commit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is in contrast to some other OSes like Linux, which can "overcommit"; they can allocate more memory to applications than they actually have available to them.

    Ars Technica

  • Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, cautioned Pakistan not to "overcommit" itself to the deal because it could run afoul of new sanctions against Iran being finalized by Congress.

    CBS 2 - KCAL 9 - Los Angeles - Southern California - LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports

  • "overcommit" itself to the deal because it could run afoul of new sanctions against Iran being finalized by Congress.

    Latest Headlines - ABC 7 News

  • Zina Saunders It's hard to deny the virtues of this approach: It does not overcommit the West, either militarily or financially; it stems the bloodletting even if it doesn't halt it; and it asks the Libyans to win their own freedom.

    Libya Isn't 'About Regime Change'

  • Somehow that gave me permission not to overcommit, that the sky wasn't going to fall down on me, etc., if I didn't do a promotional media event.

    Through a Petrie Dish, Darkly

  • He's scored the majority of his six power-play tallies with one-timers from the left faceoff dot, and it will be a challenge for the Caps 'penalty kill to try to prevent that while not leaving any of the Lightning's other offensive weapons from burning them should they overcommit to Stamkos's side of the ice.

    Steven Stamkos leads revamped Lightning to Verizon Center

  • Now in my 50's I don't want to overcommit--I do it sometimes, but it feels like...um...smoking last night's cigarette that you rolled, and it was great, and you didn't smoke it all...but come the morning, it's about as unappetizing as complulsive over commitment!

    Overcommitted

  • And so they could overspend, overcommit and overextend the military, and it would all turn out fine.

    Remembering the Dawn of the Age of Abundance

  • But he tends to get overaggressive and has a tendency to overcommit himself.

    USATODAY.com - Minding the nets with this year's NHL draft class

  • However, sometimes they have a tendency to overcommit, which can hamper their attempts at relaxation.

    Thin, Rich and Happy

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