prom•ise/ˈprɑmɪs/USA pronunciationn., v.,-ised, -is•ing. n.
a statement or declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc:[countable]He kept his promise to write regularly.
an indication or a sign of future excellence or achievement:[uncountable]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.
(used in emphatic declarations to convey firm resolve or assurance):[~ + object]I won't go there again, I promise you!
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.