Meaning of “commitment” in the English Dictionary

"commitment" in English

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uk /kəˈmɪt.mənt/ us /kəˈmɪt.mənt/

B2 [ C or U ] a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something:

Players must make a commitment to play for a full season.
her commitment to left-wing politics/the cause of feminism/the company
She is known chiefly for her commitment to nuclear disarmament.
I'd like to thank the staff for having shown such commitment.
Try the product out in the comfort of your own home with absolutely no commitment to buy!

B2 [ C ] something that you must do or deal with that takes your time:

family/work commitments
I've got too many commitments at the moment to do an evening class.
Children are such a commitment.

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(Definition of “commitment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commitment" in American English

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commitmentnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmɪt·mənt/

a promise to give yourself, your money, your time, etc., to support or buy something:

Try the product for two weeks with no commitment to buy.

(Definition of “commitment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commitment" in Business English

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uk /kəˈmɪtmənt/ us

[ C or U ] a promise or firm decision to do something, or the fact of promising something:

He was encouraged by the commitment of car manufacturers to improving dealer profitability.
The mayor also pleaded for a commitment to the city's request for $250 million in federal funds.
We will set an example to the rest of the public sector and business by making a commitment to buy recycled goods.
a strong/firm commitment
We can arrange for you to trial the equipment without commitment to buy.

[ C or U ] an amount of money that you have to pay, or the fact of promising to pay:

It is unclear whether the regulator can force a foreign firm to honour its UK pension commitments.
We believe that a commitment of $25 million is a good investment for our policyholders.

[ U ] the fact of being willing to give your time and energy to something:

He argued that an organization's communications are crucial in influencing staff understanding and commitment.
She is very bright, but she lacks commitment.

[ C ] something that you must do or deal with that takes your time:

Jury service is a public duty that many of us would like to avoid, because of work or family commitments.

(Definition of “commitment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Thank you for your considerable commitment and for the work you have made a point of doing in the interests of equality.
I fear that the forthcoming climate conference will be exploited as an opportunity to moderate the previously agreed commitment to reduce emission levels by 5.2% in the rich countries.
The resolution also highlights the need to work actively for a commitment by international partners to reach an understanding on the application of the principle.
If, however, we want to apply this principle of transparency consistently, our commitment must stretch from the farmer' s pitch fork to the consumer's table fork.
In the area of good governance and the rule of law, both parties demonstrated their commitment to adopting specific measures to prevent and combat bribery, corruption and nepotism.
They must promote a decentralised, efficient and comprehensive partnership based on the skills and commitment of all sectors in regional and local authorities.
As far as we are concerned, combating fraud is more than a priority, it is a commitment we have to the people who elected us.
The precautionary principle, the latest thing, so to speak, is clearly included, as is the commitment to developing a responsible fisheries policy.
If we want the process of enlargement to take place in a serious and honest way, we will have to give a commitment to two essential issues.
Our shared success has only been made possible by her incredible commitment and the huge amount of time and energy she put into her work.