- the act of committing.
- the state of being committed.
- the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
- a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
- engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
- perpetration or commission, as of a crime.
- consignment, as to prison.
- confinement to a mental institution or hospital: The psychiatrist recommended commitment.
- an order, as by a court or judge, confining a person to a mental institution or hospital.
- Law. a written order of a court directing that someone be confined in prison; mittimus.
- Parliamentary Procedure. the act of referring or entrusting to a committee for consideration.
- Stock Exchange.
- an agreement to buy or sell securities.
- a sale or purchase of securities.
Also committal (for defs 1, 3–11).
Origin of commitment
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Examples from the Web for commitments
North Korea must show it is serious and prepared to abide by its commitments, particularly concerning denuclearization.To Free American Prisoners, America’s Top Spy Goes to North Korea
November 8, 2014
I put my children first, but I always keep my obligations or my commitments.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
The US must ensure its honor abroad by abiding by its commitments and standing with its allies.Rick Perry: America’s Next Top Strategist?
September 20, 2014
Once a woman married, she was expected to leave her other commitments to care for the household and the community.'Ghostbusters' and the Slow Emancipation of Female-Driven Comedy
August 15, 2014
Gillibrand and McCaskill hope for floor time in September, but have not yet gotten any commitments from Senate leadership.Congress Finally Moves on Campus Sexual Assault
July 30, 2014
And we find that children and community are the commitments that set us free.
We find the fullness of life not only in options, but in commitments.
If I have any commitments today, Corinne, will you please see that they are taken care of?Weak on Square Roots
He knew better than she the depth of Solomon White's commitments.Jack O' Judgment
This refers to his commitments for recusancy, which had been frequent.
- the act of committing or pledging
- the state of being committed or pledged
- an obligation, promise, etc that restricts one's freedom of action
- the referral of a bill to a committee or legislature
- Also called (esp formerly): mittimus law a written order of a court directing that a person be imprisoned
- the official consignment of a person to a mental hospital or prison
- commission or perpetration, esp of a crime
- a future financial obligation or contingent liability
Also called (esp for senses 5, 6): committal (kəˈmɪtəl)
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Word Origin and History for commitments
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