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English noun: commitment

1. commitment (attribute) the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose

SamplesA man of energy and commitment.


Broader (hypernym)earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness, sincerity

Narrower (hyponym)investment

2. commitment (act) the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

SamplesHis long commitment to public service.
They felt no loyalty to a losing team.

Synonymsallegiance, dedication, loyalty

Broader (hypernym)cooperation

Narrower (hyponym)communalism, consecration, devotion, enlistment, faith

3. commitment (act) an engagement by contract involving financial obligation

SamplesHis business commitments took him to London.

Broader (hypernym)engagement, involution, involvement, participation

Narrower (hyponym)incurrence

4. commitment (communication) a message that makes a pledge


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance

Narrower (hyponym)affirmation, assurance, oath, pledge, promise, swearing

5. commitment (act) the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital)

Synonymscommittal, consignment

Broader (hypernym)confinement

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