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Definition of commitment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a promise to do something or to behave in a particular way; a promise to support someone or something; the fact of committing yourself commitment (to somebody/something) She doesn't want to make a big emotional commitment to Steve at the moment. the government's commitment to public services commitment to do/doing something The company's commitment to providing quality at a reasonable price has been vital to its success.
  2. 2[uncountable] commitment (to somebody/something) the willingness to work hard and give your energy and time to a job or an activity A career as an actor requires one hundred percent commitment.
  3. 3[countable] a thing that you have promised or agreed to do, or that you have to do He's busy for the next month with professional commitments. Women very often have to juggle work with their family commitments.
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] commitment (of something) (to something) agreeing to use money, time, or people in order to achieve something the commitment of resources to education Achieving success at this level requires a commitment of time and energy.
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