WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
prom•ise /ˈprɑmɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ised, -is•ing.
[countable] a statement or declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc:He kept his promise to write regularly.
[uncountable] an indication or a sign of future excellence or achievement:a writer who shows great promise.
to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.), or a promise to do something: [~ + object]to promise eternal love.[~ + object + object]The financial aid committee promised us enough money to get through next year.[~ + to + verb]She promised to help with the decorating.[~ ( + object) + (that) clause]She promised (me) that she would help with the decorating.[no object]I'll be there; I promise.
[~ + object] (used in emphatic declarations to convey firm resolve or assurance):I won't go there again, I promise you!See -mis-.
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promise /ˈprɒmɪs/ vb
- often followed by to; when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive: to give an assurance of (something to someone); undertake (to do something) in the future: I promise that I will come
- (transitive) to undertake to give (something to someone): he promised me a car for my birthday
- (when tr, takes an infinitive) to cause one to expect that in the future one is likely (to be or do something): she promises to be a fine soprano
- (usually passive) to engage to be married; betroth: I'm promised to Bill
- (transitive) to assure (someone) of the authenticity or inevitability of something (often in the parenthetic phrase I promise you, used to emphasize a statement): there'll be trouble, I promise you
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōmissum a promise, from prōmittere to send forthˈpromiser n
- an undertaking or assurance given by one person to another agreeing or guaranteeing to do or give something, or not to do or give something, in the future
- indication of forthcoming excellence or goodness: a writer showing considerable promise
- the thing of which an assurance is given
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