This tawdry tableau, which I’m not proud to commit to the page, goes a long way toward explaining the unlikely spot I find myself in at the moment. (from here)

Which definition is adjusted to the word commit in this context?

I tried to find a reasonable definition for this context - in two dictionaries but I am not sure. (See Cambridge and Oxford for this word)

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The phrase "commit to page" means write down (or record).

The expression "commit to paper" is a more common way of saying this and it's specifically defined in Collins.

  • The asker's links have this too, if you dig far enough! Cambridge has "commit sth to paper" and Oxford has the more general "commit something to: Transfer something to (a state or place)". Commented Oct 8, 2021 at 5:23

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