noun com·mit·ment \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Definition of commitment

  1. 1a :  an act of committing to a charge or trust: such as (1) :  a consignment to a penal or mental institution filed a petition for commitment (2) :  an act of referring a matter to a legislative committeeb :  mittimus

  2. 2a :  an agreement or pledge to do something in the future a commitment to improve conditions at the prison; especially :  an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future dateb :  something pledged the commitment of troops to the warc :  the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled a commitment to a cause

Examples of commitment in a sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of commitment

see commit

First Known Use: 1579

COMMITMENT Defined for English Language Learners


noun com·mit·ment \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Definition of commitment for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Medical Dictionary


noun com·mit·ment \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Medical Definition of commitment

  1. :  a consignment to a penal or mental institution

Law Dictionary


noun com·mit·ment

Legal Definition of commitment

  1. 1 :  an act of committing: as a :  placement in or assignment to a prison or mental hospital petition for commitment — compare incompetent, interdiction Editor's note: Commitment to a mental health facility is called civil commitment when it is not part of a criminal proceeding. Civil commitment proceedings are initiated by the patient, in the case of voluntary commitment, or by someone (as a family member or government agent) authorized by statute to petition for the patient's involuntary commitment. Some form of a hearing and periodic review is required in involuntary commitment proceedings. A criminal defendant may be committed to a mental hospital as a result of being found incompetent to stand trial, not guilty by reason of insanity, or incompetent to be sentenced. b :  an act of referring a matter to a legislative committee c :  a warrant committing someone to a prison

  2. 2 :  an agreement or promise to do something in the future; especially :  a promise to assume a financial obligation at a future date cannot meet their loan commitments

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