Definitions of commitment

  1. an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; "his business commitments took him to London" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose; "a man of energy and commitment" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of committing, or putting in charge, keeping, or trust; consignment; esp., the act of committing to prison. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A warrant or order for the imprisonment of a person; -- more frequently termed a mittimus. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The act of referring or intrusting to a committee for consideration and report; as, the commitment of a petition or a bill. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The act of pledging or engaging; the act of exposing, endangering, or compromising; also, the state of being pledged or engaged. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The act of sending, charging, etc.; usually, the sending of a person to prison. Also, committal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of committing: an order for sending to prison: imprisonment. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Order for sending to prison; imprisonment. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of committing, or the state of being committed, as to prison. committal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of committing; the act of entrusting, pledging, referring, &c.; perpetration; imprisonment; an order for confining in prison. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A sending to prison; an order for confinement in prison; the act of referring to or intrusting to; a doing or perpetration; the act of pledging or engaging. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for commitment

  1. I called the sheriff to the stand and asked him if he had any writ, process, commitment or order by which he held me in custody. – Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches; To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State by Stephen Field; George C. Gorham
  2. It is exactly such a commitment as the court makes to an asylum of a man who is proved to be insane, and it is paralleled by the practice of sending a sick man to the hospital until he is cured. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner