1. The act or an instance of committing, especially:
a. The act of referring a legislative bill to committee.
b. Official consignment, as to a prison or mental health facility.
c. A court order authorizing consignment to a prison.
a. A pledge or obligation, as to follow a certain course of action: a public official's commitment to uphold the Constitution.
b. Something pledged, especially an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.
3. The state of being emotionally or intellectually devoted, as to a belief, a course of action, or another person: a profound commitment to the family.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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