WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.

  • v. 
  • 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
    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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