commitment

[kuh-mit-muhnt]
noun
1.
the act of committing.
2.
the state of being committed.
3.
the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
4.
a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
5.
engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
6.
perpetration or commission, as of a crime.
7.
consignment, as to prison.
8.
confinement to a mental institution or hospital: The psychiatrist recommended commitment.
9.
an order, as by a court or judge, confining a person to a mental institution or hospital.
10.
Law. a written order of a court directing that someone be confined in prison; mittimus.
11.
Parliamentary Procedure. the act of referring or entrusting to a committee for consideration.
12.
Stock Exchange.
a.
an agreement to buy or sell securities.
b.
a sale or purchase of securities.
Also, committal (for defs 1, 3–11).


Origin:
1605–15; commit + -ment

noncommitment, noun
precommitment, adjective
self-commitment, noun
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commitment (kəˈmɪtmənt, kəˈmɪtəl)
 
n
1.  the act of committing or pledging
2.  the state of being committed or pledged
3.  an obligation, promise, etc that restricts one's freedom of action
4.  the referral of a bill to a committee or legislature
5.  law Also called (esp formerly): mittimus a written order of a court directing that a person be imprisoned
6.  the official consignment of a person to a mental hospital or prison
7.  commission or perpetration, esp of a crime
8.  a future financial obligation or contingent liability

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commitment
1611, from commit + -ment. (Anglo-Fr. had commettement.) Meaning "the committing of oneself" is attested from 1793; hence, "an obligation" (1864).
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Example sentences
What's lacking is action to implement and increase known solutions to meet
  those commitments.
Rich and poor countries can find ways to partner to fulfill the commitments in
  the agreements.
He informs me he has commitments today but will take three days off to show me
  the island.
But these were not accompanied by commitments to efficiency or environmental
  protection.
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