[ kuh-mit-muhnt ]
See synonyms for: commitmentcommitments on

  1. the act of committing.

  2. the state of being committed.

  1. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.

  2. a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.

  3. dedication; allegiance: They have a sincere commitment to religion.

  4. perpetration or commission, as of a crime.

  5. consignment, as to prison.

  6. confinement to a mental institution or hospital: The psychiatrist recommended commitment.

  7. an order, as by a court or judge, confining a person to a mental institution or hospital.

  8. Law. a written order of a court directing that someone be confined in prison; mittimus.

  9. Parliamentary Procedure. the act of referring or entrusting to a committee for consideration.

  10. Stock Exchange.

    • an agreement to buy or sell securities.

    • a sale or purchase of securities.

Origin of commitment

First recorded in 1605–15; commit + -ment

Other words from commitment

  • non·com·mit·ment, noun
  • pre·com·mit·ment, adjective
  • self-com·mit·ment, noun

Words Nearby commitment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use commitment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for commitment


/ (kəˈmɪtmənt) /

  1. the act of committing or pledging

  2. the state of being committed or pledged

  1. an obligation, promise, etc that restricts one's freedom of action

  2. the referral of a bill to a committee or legislature

  3. Also called (esp formerly): mittimus law a written order of a court directing that a person be imprisoned

  4. the official consignment of a person to a mental hospital or prison

  5. commission or perpetration, esp of a crime

  6. a future financial obligation or contingent liability

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

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