noun \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

: 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

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
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. We've got commitments from several charities to donate food and clothing.
  2. the government's commitment of troops to the region
  3. The church has a commitment to helping the poor.
  4. The boss noticed her strong commitment to her work.
  5. No one doubts your commitment to the cause.
  6. 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


(see commit)
First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with COMMITMENT


noun \kə-ˈmit-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMMITMENT

: a consignment to a penal or mental institution


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