Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of committing, especially:
  • n. The act of referring a legislative bill to committee.
  • n. Official consignment, as to a prison or mental health facility.
  • n. A court order authorizing consignment to a prison.
  • n. A pledge to do.
  • n. Something pledged, especially an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
  • n. The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons: a deep commitment to liberal policies; a profound commitment to the family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or an instance of committing, putting in charge, keeping, or trust, especially:
  • n. The act of sending a legislative bill to committee for review.
  • n. Official consignment sending a person to prison or a mental health institution
  • n. Promise or agreement to do something in the future, especially:
  • n. Act of assuming a financial obligation at a future date
  • n. Being bound emotionally/intellectually to a course of action or to another person/other persons.
  • n. Perpetration, in a negative manner, as in a crime or mistake.
  • n. State of being pledged or engaged.
  • n. The trait of sincerity and focused purpose.
  • n. The act of being locked away, such as in an institution for the mentally ill or jail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of committing, or putting in charge, keeping, or trust; consignment; esp., the act of committing to prison.
  • n. A warrant or order for the imprisonment of a person; -- more frequently termed a mittimus.
  • n. The act of referring or intrusting to a committee for consideration and report.
  • n. A doing, or perpetration, in a bad sense, as of a crime or blunder; commission.
  • n. The act of pledging or engaging; the act of exposing, endangering, or compromising; also, the state of being pledged or engaged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of committing.
  • n. A written order of a court directing that some one be confined in prison: formerly more often termed a mittimus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
  • n. a message that makes a pledge
  • n. an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
  • n. the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
  • n. the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose

Etymologies

commit +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • David Cameron has reiterated his commitment to the arts, and indeed Samantha Cameron's ­commitment, which shouldn't be underestimated as an influence on David. "

    The Guardian World News

  • I like the word commitment better than resolution because it is a word I am already committed to.

    Loren Ridinger: New Year's Resolutions: Can You Make Them Stick?

  • The Wisconsin commitment is the fastest of all the nation's top linebackers.

    USATODAY.com - Big year for defensive linemen on recruiting trail

  • Finally, after a frustrating on-again, off-again commitment from the San Francisco Giants and the National League, and armed with a powerful partnership that included R. Howard Webster and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Labatt's landed an American League expansion franchise.

    Toronto—Major League Baseball for a Major League City

  • And somewhere in Alaska Sarah Palin is wondering what the word commitment means...

    News - latimes.com

  • Then I look at the title commitment, and he's not even the owner of the subject property, which, by the way, is a no-doc, max-LTV cash out refi to take $200,000 in equity out.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Others, like the title commitment, require humans to enter literally everything on them.

    Searchlight Crusade

  • Having an attorney review the title commitment is not time-consuming or very expensive and is a good investment.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • In summary, most buyers would spend about $200 to $400 to have an attorney take a look at the contract as prepared by the real estate agent before it's submitted, review the title commitment and review the closing documents.

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • The lawyer in the previous transaction would have produced his title commitment showing there was no federal tax liability.

    Law.com - Newswire

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