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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
prom•ise /ˈprɑmɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ised, -is•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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!
(prom′is), n., v., -ised, -is•ing.
- a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one:unkept political promises.
- an express assurance on which expectation is to be based:promises that an enemy will not win.
- something that has the effect of an express assurance; indication of what may be expected.
- indication of future excellence or achievement:a writer who shows promise.
- something that is promised.
- to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object):She promised to go tomorrow.
- to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.):to promise help.
- to make a promise of something to (a specified person):Promise me that you will come.
- to afford ground for expecting:The sky promised a storm.
- to engage to join in marriage.
- to assure (used in emphatic declarations):I won't go there again, I promise you that!
- to afford ground for expectation (often fol. by well or fair):His forthcoming novel promises well.
- to make a promise.
2 . word, pledge. 6 . pledge, covenant, agree.
- 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
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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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