WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
prom•ise /ˈprɑmɪs/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -ised, -is•ing. 
  1. a statement or declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc:[countable]He kept his promise to write regularly.
  2. an indication or a sign of future excellence or achievement:[uncountable]a writer who shows great promise.

  1. 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.
  2. (used in emphatic declarations to convey firm resolve or assurance):[+ object]I won't go there again, I promise you!
See -mis-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
prom•ise  (promis),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -ised, -is•ing. 
  1. a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one:unkept political promises.
  2. an express assurance on which expectation is to be based:promises that an enemy will not win.
  3. something that has the effect of an express assurance;
    indication of what may be expected.
  4. indication of future excellence or achievement:a writer who shows promise.
  5. something that is promised.

  1. to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object):She promised to go tomorrow.
  2. to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.):to promise help.
  3. to make a promise of something to (a specified person):Promise me that you will come.
  4. to afford ground for expecting:The sky promised a storm.
  5. to engage to join in marriage.
  6. to assure (used in emphatic declarations):I won't go there again, I promise you that!

  1. to afford ground for expectation (often fol. by well or fair):His forthcoming novel promises well.
  2. to make a promise.
promis•a•ble, adj. 
promise•ful, adj. 
promis•er, n. 
  • Medieval Latin prōmissa, for Latin prōmissum, noun, nominal use of neuter past participle of prōmittere to promise, literally, to send forth, equivalent. to prō- pro-1 + mittere to send; (verb, verbal) late Middle English promisen, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • (noun, nominal) late Middle English promis(se) 1375–1425
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged word, pledge.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pledge, covenant, agree.

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promise /ˈprɒmɪs/ vb
  1. 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
  2. (transitive) to undertake to give (something to someone): he promised me a car for my birthday
  3. (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
  4. (usually passive) to engage to be married; betroth: I'm promised to Bill
  5. (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
  1. 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
  2. indication of forthcoming excellence or goodness: a writer showing considerable promise
  3. the thing of which an assurance is given
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin prōmissum a promise, from prōmittere to send forth

ˈpromiser n

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