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noun com·mit·ment \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Simple Definition of commitment

  • : a promise to do or give something

  • : a promise to be loyal to someone or something

  • : the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

Full Definition of commitment

  1. 1 a :  an act of committing to a charge or trust: as (1) :  a consignment to a penal or mental institution (2) :  an act of referring a matter to a legislative committee b :  mittimus

  2. 2 a :  an agreement or pledge to do something in the future; especially :  an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date b :  something pledged c :  the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled <a commitment to a cause>

Examples of commitment

  1. His commitment to both his professions is admirable: currently a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, he also holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. —Erica Wagner, New York Times Book Review, 8 Feb. 2009

  2. In their mission statement, the editors bragged of their firm commitment to equality and social justice, but their philosophy didn't prevent them from summoning Lindsey to perform all their menial tasks. —Kim Wong Keltner, The Dim Sum Of All Things, 2004

  3. … I actually finished writing two more episodes of the tale before other commitments forced me to shelve it. —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly, 2 Aug. 1991

  4. His commitment to a blue-water navy expressed his determination to project power. —George F. Will, Newsweek, 22 Nov. 1982

  5. We've got commitments from several charities to donate food and clothing.

  6. the government's commitment of troops to the region

  7. The church has a commitment to helping the poor.

  8. The boss noticed her strong commitment to her work.

  9. No one doubts your commitment to the cause.

Origin of commitment

(see commit)

First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with commitment

Medical Dictionary


noun com·mit·ment \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Medical Definition of commitment

  1. :  a consignment to a penal or mental institution

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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