commitment

Making a commitment involves dedicating yourself to something, like a person or a cause. Before you make a commitment, think carefully. A commitment obligates you to do something.

Some commitments are large, like marriage. When you take a job, you're making a commitment to show up and do the job well, and your employer makes a commitment to pay you. There are smaller commitments too. If you said you'd meet a friend at six, that's a commitment — show up or your friend will be mad. You also can speak of commitment as a quality. Staying after school for a study group shows your commitment to good grades.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: commitment

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n
the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
2
n
the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: commitment
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n the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

“his long commitment to public service”
Synonyms:
allegiance, dedication, loyalty
Types:
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communalism
loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
consecration
a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
devotion
commitment to some purpose
enlistment
the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
faith
loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
cultism
devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
hobbyism
a devotion to hobbies
reenlistment
a renewed enlistment
fetich, fetish
excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
party spirit
devotion to a political party
Type of:
cooperation
joint operation or action

n a message that makes a pledge

Synonyms:
dedication
Examples:
Hippocratic oath
an oath taken by physicians to observe medical ethics deriving from Hippocrates
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oath, swearing
a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law); to lie under oath is to become subject to prosecution for perjury
affirmation
(religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)
promise
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
assurance, pledge
a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
profession
affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith
guarantee, warrant, warrantee, warranty
a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
guarantee
an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true
oath
a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior
parole, word, word of honor
a promise
plight, troth
a solemn pledge of fidelity
betrothal, engagement, troth
a mutual promise to marry
pinning
a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin
rain check
a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future
vow
a solemn pledge (to oneself or to another or to a deity) to do something or to behave in a certain manner
Type of:
content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n an engagement by contract involving financial obligation

“his business commitments took him to London”
Types:
incurrence
the act of incurring (making yourself subject to something undesirable)
Type of:
engagement, involution, involvement, participation
the act of sharing in the activities of a group

n the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose

“a man of energy and commitment
Synonyms:
committedness
Types:
investment
the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result
Type of:
earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
the trait of being serious
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n the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)

Synonyms:
committal, consignment
Type of:
confinement
the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them
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