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commitment

[ kuh-mit-muh nt ]
/ kəˈmɪt mənt /
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RELATED WORDS

pledge, engagement, responsibility, need, promise, guarantee, duty, word, undertaking, liability, charge, vow, must, devoir, committal, ought

Nearby words

commissure, commissure of cerebral hemispheres, commissurotomy, commit, commit to memory, commitment, commitment ceremony, commitment fee, committal, committed, 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 commitments

commitment

/ (kəˈmɪtmənt) /

noun

Also called (esp for senses 5, 6): committal (kəˈmɪtəl)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for commitments

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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