commitment

[ kuh-mit-muh nt ]
/ kəˈmɪt mənt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. commissure,
  2. commissure of cerebral hemispheres,
  3. commissurotomy,
  4. commit,
  5. commit to memory,
  6. commitment ceremony,
  7. commitment fee,
  8. committal,
  9. committed,
  10. committed facility

Also committal (for defs 1, 3–11).

Origin of commitment

First recorded in 1605–15; commit + -ment

Related formsnon·com·mit·ment, nounpre·com·mit·ment, adjectiveself-com·mit·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for commitment

commitment

/ (kəˈmɪtmənt) /

noun

Also called (esp for senses 5, 6): committal (kəˈmɪtəl)

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Word Origin and History for commitment

commitment

n.

1610s, "action of officially consigning to the custody of the state," from commit + -ment. (Anglo-French had commettement.) Meaning "the committing of oneself, pledge, promise" is attested from 1793; hence, "an obligation, an engagement" (1864).

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