commitment: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ku-mit'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of committing.
  2. the state of being committed.
  3. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
  4. a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
  5. engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
  6. perpetration or commission, as of a crime.
  7. consignment, as to prison.
  8. confinement to a mental institution or hospital: The psychiatrist recommended commitment.
  9. an order, as by a court or judge, confining a person to a mental institution or hospital.
  10. a written order of a court directing that someone be confined in prison; mittimus.
  11. the act of referring or entrusting to a committee for consideration.
    1. an agreement to buy or sell securities.
    2. a sale or purchase of securities.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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