Definition of promise
- little promise of relief
- shows considerable promise
She gave me her promise.
She never made a promise that she didn't intend to keep.
There is little promise of relief in the forecast.
They were attracted by the promise of success.
a sunny morning that gives every promise of a fine day
There is a promise of better days ahead.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Promise me that you won't tell anyone.
I can't promise you that I'll be able to go, but I'll do my best.
The governor promised that the prisoners would receive a fair trial.
She promised to announce the results tomorrow.
International organizations have promised aid.
I promise to be careful.
You always promise, but you never do what you say you will.
“I won't tell anyone.” “Promise?” “Yes, I promise.”
Those gray skies promise rain.
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: 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)
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