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Etymology edit

commit +‎ -ment

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kəˈmɪtmənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: com‧mit‧ment

Noun edit

commitment (countable and uncountable, plural commitments)

  1. The act or an instance of committing, putting in charge, keeping, or trust, especially:
    1. The act of sending a legislative bill to committee for review.
    2. Official consignment sending a person to prison or a mental health institution.
  2. Promise or agreement to do something in the future, especially:
    1. Act of assuming a financial obligation at a future date.
  3. Being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons.
  4. The trait of sincerity and focused purpose.
    • 2020 November 23, Charles Hugh Smith, Why I'm Hopeful About 2021[1]:
      Citizenship in the original Greek concept was not simply the granting of rights to do as one pleased;
      it also demanded a commitment to serve the interests of the many via personal sacrifice.
  5. Perpetration as in a crime or mistake.
  6. State of being pledged or engaged.
  7. The act of being locked away, such as in an institution for the mentally ill or in jail.

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  • Portuguese: cometimento

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