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commitment (n.)

1610s, "action of officially consigning to the custody of the state," from commit + -ment. (Anglo-French had commettement.) Meaning "the pledging or engaging of oneself, a pledge, a promise" is attested from 1793; hence, "an obligation, an engagement" (1864).

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Definitions of commitment from WordNet

commitment (n.)
the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose;
a man of energy and commitment
Synonyms: committedness
commitment (n.)
the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action;
his long commitment to public service
commitment (n.)
an engagement by contract involving financial obligation;
his business commitments took him to London
commitment (n.)
a message that makes a pledge;
Synonyms: dedication
commitment (n.)
the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital);
Synonyms: committal / consignment
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