noun prom·ise \ˈprä-məs\

: a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future

: an indication of future success or improvement

: a reason to expect that something will happen in the future

Full Definition of PROMISE

a :  a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified
b :  a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act
:  reason to expect something <little promise of relief>; especially :  ground for expectation of success, improvement, or excellence <shows considerable promise>
:  something that is promised

Examples of PROMISE

  1. She gave me her promise.
  2. She never made a promise that she didn't intend to keep.
  3. There is little promise of relief in the forecast.
  4. They were attracted by the promise of success.
  5. a sunny morning that gives every promise of a fine day
  6. There is a promise of better days ahead.

Origin of PROMISE

Middle English promis, from Latin promissum, from neuter of promissus, past participle of promittere to send forth, promise, from pro- forth + mittere to send
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with PROMISE



: to tell someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future

: to make (something) seem likely : to show signs of (something that is likely or expected to happen)


Full Definition of PROMISE

transitive verb
:  to pledge to do, bring about, or provide <promise aid>
archaic :  warrant, assure
chiefly dialect :  betroth
:  to suggest beforehand :  give promise of <dark clouds promise rain>
intransitive verb
:  to make a promise
:  to give ground for expectation :  be imminent
prom·is·ee \ˌprä-mə-ˈsē\ noun
prom·i·sor \-ˈsr\ also prom·is·er \ˈprä-mə-sər\ noun

Examples of PROMISE

  1. Promise me that you won't tell anyone.
  2. I can't promise you that I'll be able to go, but I'll do my best.
  3. The governor promised that the prisoners would receive a fair trial.
  4. She promised to announce the results tomorrow.
  5. International organizations have promised aid.
  6. I promise to be careful.
  7. You always promise, but you never do what you say you will.
  8. I won't tell anyone. Promise? Yes, I promise.
  9. Those gray skies promise rain.

First Known Use of PROMISE

15th century


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