Other forms: commitments

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.

Definitions of commitment
  1. noun
    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
    “his long commitment to public service”
    synonyms: allegiance, dedication, loyalty
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    loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
    a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
    commitment to some purpose
    the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
    loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
    devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
    a devotion to hobbies
    a renewed enlistment
    fetich, fetish
    excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
    party spirit
    devotion to a political party
    type of:
    joint operation or action
  2. noun
    a message that makes a pledge
    synonyms: dedication
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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
    (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)
    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
    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
    an unconditional commitment that something will happen or that something is true
    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
    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
    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
  3. noun
    an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
    “his business commitments took him to London”
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    the act of incurring (making yourself subject to something undesirable)
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    engagement, involution, involvement, participation
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
  4. noun
    the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
    “a man of energy and commitment
    synonyms: committedness
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    the commitment of something other than money (time, energy, or effort) to a project with the expectation of some worthwhile result
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    earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity
    the trait of being serious
  5. noun
    the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)
    synonyms: committal, consignment
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    the act of restraining a person's liberty by confining them




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