Definition of commitment in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

    ‘the company's commitment to quality’
    ‘I could not fault my players for commitment’
    • ‘He commended the award winners for their dedication and commitment to the game.’
    • ‘He thanked them for their work on the book and their commitment to delivering a quality product.’
    • ‘The award ceremony recognised police men and women for their bravery, commitment to service and dedication to the job.’
    • ‘This legislation demonstrates the Government's commitment to quality public broadcasting, and its awareness of the key role of public television.’
    • ‘Our ability to demonstrate and articulate our commitment to quality is becoming increasingly important in today's environment.’
    • ‘Throughout his working life, he brought qualities of loyalty and commitment to his profession.’
    • ‘Integrity is that eye for quality, that commitment to doing it right the first time.’
    • ‘To recognise that the professions, the government, and the public share a common interest and commitment to improving the quality of services for patients’
    • ‘The officers, executive members, managers, trainers and selectors were complimented for their dedication and commitment to the running of the club.’
    • ‘He is an inspiration to all of our members and it is great to see someone who gave a life-long dedication and commitment to the club honoured in this way.’
    • ‘This solicitor's dedication and commitment to human rights and suspected miscarriages of law is tireless.’
    • ‘This sort of commitment to quality and service gives other restaurants something to aspire to.’
    • ‘The report goes on to highlight the council's strong commitment to improving the quality of provision for special education needs.’
    • ‘Her dedication and commitment to the pupils over the past seven years has brought the school to the forefront in many areas.’
    • ‘His dedication and commitment to his work was reflected in the many tributes paid to him by his colleagues and by the farming community in every county in which he worked.’
    • ‘It takes an enormous level of commitment to attain quality and excellence.’
    • ‘What they are missing, though, are players who can bring both quality and commitment to the Newcastle cause.’
    • ‘Making the extra effort and being willing to assist in emergency situations like Bob did shows dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of our passengers.’
    • ‘It is the quality of commitment, commitment to the service of others.’
    • ‘When educators and learners have self-control and show dedication and commitment to their work, you are most likely to have a fruitful and productive day.’
    dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, bond, adherence, attentiveness
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A pledge or undertaking.
      ‘I cannot make such a commitment at the moment’
      • ‘The Guarantee makes 12 commitments to patients about their records.’
      • ‘We have made our commitments - the six pledges - and that's what we're fighting on.’
      • ‘‘This is about keeping a commitment, delivering promises and being true to our convictions,’ he said.’
      • ‘Hirst throughout his life always became unhappy when commitments prevented him from undertaking mathematical research.’
      • ‘I am calling on the minister to intervene now and have the contractor give a commitment as to the completion date.’
      • ‘All the other commitments on that pledge card were about redistributing income, not about increasing it.’
      • ‘The decision reveals a commitment that is essential to successful Labor leadership.’
      • ‘It will be interesting to see if these commitments cover the promises made about WRH.’
      • ‘Or will voters demand credible assurances of a such commitment?’
      • ‘But most European Union countries are failing to meet their commitments under the pact.’
      • ‘Knight will continue to play for the club, but wants more time to be able to deal with his other commitments as well as prepare for his career after cricket.’
      • ‘Listening to you and your interests will be a new commitment I will undertake during my term.’
      • ‘Given that a commitment was given to under-take this work, why are we now back in the situation that no progress has been made on the matter?’
      • ‘Mr Deering assured councillors that the county manager had given a commitment that a decision would be made on the matter shortly.’
      • ‘Questions about each of the commitments in the contract could be asked.’
      • ‘We accept that more work is required in certain areas and are satisfied with the commitments to undertake this.’
      • ‘There was just one question about current contractual commitments, which we think could be resolved.’
      • ‘At that time international contracts or commitments would be worthless.’
      • ‘Unfortunately these commitments are strong on promises but extremely short on actions.’
      • ‘He said the charity has taken on a serious commitment and undertaken a legal obligation with the NHS trust.’
      vow, promise, pledge, oath
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  • 2An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.

    ‘with so many business commitments time for recreation was limited’
    • ‘However, her social commitment made her seek different avenues.’
    • ‘Your social and professional commitments keep you busy and occupied today.’
    • ‘Despite his business commitments, Martin insists on milking his 50 cows at least once per day.’
    • ‘I've been absent this week due to intensive work and social commitments.’
    • ‘We were due to go with them this year, but couldn't due to Carl's business commitments.’
    • ‘You are blessed with clarity of vision and true perspective in personal relationships and business commitments.’
    • ‘He was obliged to miss the Singapore and Malaysian events due to domestic cup final commitments.’
    • ‘Ditka says he was honored to be approached by Republican leaders, but has business commitments.’
    • ‘Men had restricted their work commitments or limited their career goals to benefit their personal or family life.’
    • ‘Travel plans may change, as you are unsure about business commitments.’
    • ‘He will not be coming back to the club next season because of domestic commitments.’
    • ‘I had no idea, you know, everything, but I knew would it would be a major commitment, as Chris can tell you.’
    • ‘Reasons cited for the delays included members having other commitments and difficulties in obtaining data.’
    • ‘This year, as the market cooled and his business commitments intensified, he's cut back to about once a month.’
    • ‘Though he may never truly retire, around July 16 he may decide to step down from some business commitments.’
    • ‘They resist commitments - marriage, mortgages, careers or social engagements.’
    • ‘Even a brief holiday was interrupted by business commitments.’
    • ‘It was a special feeling for Celtic fans so often suffocated down the years by domestic commitments.’
    • ‘Injuries and work commitments restricted Town to jut 13 men and their lack of substitutes took its toll.’
    • ‘They never fail to honour their commitments and obligations with generosity and a willingness to give of their time so freely.’
    responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, charge, liability, burden, pressure
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