commitment

noun

com·​mit·​ment kə-ˈmit-mənt How to pronounce commitment (audio)
1
a
: 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 date
b
: something pledged
the commitment of troops to the war
c
: the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled
a commitment to a cause
2
a
: 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 committee
b

Examples of commitment in a Sentence

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
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
… 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
His commitment to a blue-water navy expressed his determination to project power. George F. Will, Newsweek, 22 Nov. 1982
We've got commitments from several charities to donate food and clothing. the government's commitment of troops to the region The church has a commitment to helping the poor. The boss noticed her strong commitment to her work. No one doubts your commitment to the cause.
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Word History

Etymology

commit + -ment

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of commitment was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Commitment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commitment. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

commitment

noun
com·​mit·​ment kə-ˈmit-mənt How to pronounce commitment (audio)
1
: an act of committing
2
a
: an agreement or pledge to do something in the future
b
: something pledged
financial commitments

Medical Definition

commitment

noun
com·​mit·​ment kə-ˈmit-mənt How to pronounce commitment (audio)
: a consignment to a penal or mental institution

Legal Definition

commitment

noun
1
: an act of committing: as
a
: placement in or assignment to a prison or mental hospital
petition for commitment
compare incompetent, interdiction

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
: 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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