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noun commitment pronunciation in British English /kəˈmɪtmənt/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a strong belief that something is good and that you should support it
    commitment to:

    The government has failed to demonstrate its commitment to the railways.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a promise to do something
    commitment to:

    The Government will continue to honour its commitment to pensioners.

    honour/fulfil/meet a commitment:

    He’s a man who believes in fulfilling his commitments.

    make a commitment (to do something):

    We’ve made a commitment to help, and we will.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] enthusiasm for something and a determination to work hard at it

    I am delighted with the level of commitment you have all shown.

    lack of commitment:

    Her laziness and lack of commitment are appalling.

  4. 4
    [countable] a duty or responsibility that you have accepted

    I can’t do this job right now because of other commitments.

    financial commitments:

    He may have a large income, but he also has huge financial commitments.

    family/work/teaching etc commitments:

    He couldn’t join the class because of work commitments.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] the use of money, people, or time for a particular purpose


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