AskDefine | Define commitment

Dictionary Definition



1 the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; "a man of energy and commitment" [syn: committedness]
2 the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team" [syn: allegiance, loyalty, dedication]
3 an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; "his business commitments took him to London"
4 a message that makes a pledge [syn: dedication]
5 the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital) [syn: committal, consignment]

User Contributed Dictionary






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


Act or instance of committing, putting in charge, keeping, or trust
Promise or agreement to do something in the future
Being bound emotionally/intellectually to course of action or to others
Perpetration, in negative manner, as in crime or mistake
State of being pledged or engaged
Trait of sincerity and focused purpose
The act of being locked away
  • German: Einweisung

Extensive Definition

Commitment means to duty or pledge to something or someone, and can refer to:
  • Personal commitment, interaction dominated by obligations. These obligations may be mutual, or self-imposed, or explicitly stated, or may not. Distinction is often made between commitment as a member of an organisation (such as a sporting team, a religion, or as an employee), and a personal commitment, which is often a pledge or promise to ones' self for personal growth.
  • Brand commitment refers to the strength of the relationship between consumers (or customers) and a particular brand (or service).
  • Involuntary commitment, the practice of using legal means or forms to commit a person to a mental hospital, insane asylum or psychiatric ward against the will or over the protests of that person.
  • Ontological commitment, belief in an ontology in philosophy
  • Organizational commitment can mean something pledged by an organization as opposed to its members
  • Commitment (computer science) - the concept of commitment is studied in several branches of Computer Science around the notion of something pledged.

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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