Definition of “commitment” - 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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In terms of our preparation of these debates, perhaps it commends an appropriate degree of serenity, as well as the determined passion and commitment that we bring to these issues.
We are renewing the commitment to improving the quality of legislation and to establishing procedures for pre-legislative consultation and impact assessment.
As regards the detail, every proposal contradicts the commitment to diversity and to respect for democracy, because attempts are still being made to impose a uniform and binding supranational law.
He has displayed a great deal of commitment to his report and once again this has borne fruit in the form of a good report.
We accordingly expect them to show firm commitment, greater determination and, above all, great courage, sparing no effort in their pursuit of peace.
Attaining these aims, however, requires not only political commitment but also substantial changes to economic and monetary policy, which we have unfortunately not achieved up to now.
The procedure for concluding an agreement generally instils a sense of genuine commitment to the objective in the party to that agreement.
Along with this commitment there was a commitment in return from workers to make efforts towards productivity to ensure that the site was competitive.
I would like to focus on two issues, which are innovative: the commitment to studying the desertification and the relationship with the variables which cause it, such as climate change.
All that remains for me to do, finally, is to congratulate the rapporteurs and the shadow rapporteurs from all the political groups for their willingness and their commitment.