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. VerbPromise 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
So is the promise of a second coming, which is not necessarily consoling.—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Arms control agreements generally lock countries into promises to limit their military activity and set up monitoring mechanisms so leaders can make sure their counterparts are abiding by their commitments.—Mathias Hammer, TIME, 13 Nov. 2023 But despite the many eulogies for the metaverse, the promise has not died and the technologies seem to be improving.—WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 Shortcuts are always available, tempting brand owners with promises of higher yields and profits.—Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 11 Nov. 2023 The first nation that got the word from God, the promise from God—the first nation is the one who has the right to it.—Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 Despite promises to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from 151 governments worldwide, fossil fuel producers are planning expansions that could jeopardize the climate’s future, a new United Nations report has found.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 So, with the promise of $1,000 going to each man on the job, that March 18, 1988 morning, Smith and his associate, John Forrest Parker, knocked on the Sennetts' door.—Emily Palmer, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 Despite the promises of methane reductions that Simmons touts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that methane in the atmosphere had its fourth-highest annual increase in 2022.—Peter Vanham, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023
Whether grabbing a latte with friends or running errands around town, these UGG Boots promise to warmly cradle your feet and elevate any outfit.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Included in this bundle are five different patches that promise to de-puff, hydrate, brighten, smooth and illuminate the skin around your eyes.—Anna Tingley, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 That copay is based on the price the drug plan or PBM promises the pharmacy at the moment of sale.—Arthur Allen, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 This chair was disappointing in several ways: it was delivered in poor condition (despite being ordered with white glove delivery), did not feature the adjustability that was promised, and—in our opinion—was no more comfortable than a more budget-friendly chair from Walmart.—Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 Featuring plenty of the gore promised in the trailer, this throwback slasher pic will gratify genre fans who will appreciate the titular holiday finally getting its own horror film along with the likes of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 President Biden promised to remove every lead pipe in the United States by 2031.—Jacey Fortin, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 In 2017, Mattel made another big pledge to the hospital, promising to donate $49 million in cash over the next 12 years.—Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 But not even McCarthy promising an impeachment inquiry was able to buy him enough goodwill to simply keep the government running.—Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English promis, from Latin promissum, from neuter of promissus, past participle of promittere to send forth, promise, from pro- forth + mittere to send
Middle English promisse, promis "promise," derived from Latin promissus, past participle of promittere "to send forth, promise," from pro- "forward, forth" and mittere "to send, throw" — related to message
: a declaration or manifestation especially in a contract of an intention to act or refrain from acting in a specified way that gives the party to whom it is made a right to expect its fulfillment
: a promise (as to compensate an insured individual for future loss) whose fulfillment is dependent on a fortuitous or uncertain event
: a promise usually to pay the debt of another that is ancillary to an original promise, is not made for the benefit of the party making it, and must be in writing to be enforceable
: a promise that is made with no intention of carrying it out and especially with intent to deceive or defraud
: a promise that is made without consideration and is usually unenforceable
A gratuitous promise may be enforceable under promissory estoppel.
: a purported promise that does not actually bind the party making it to a particular performancean illusory promise depending solely on the will of the supposed promisor
: a promise that is considered to exist despite the lack of an agreement or express terms to that effect and the breach of which may be recognized as a cause of actionclaimed a breach of an implied promise that he would not be terminated at will see also promise implied in fact and promise implied in law in this entry
: gratuitous promise in this entry
: a promise (as in a suretyship) usually to pay the debt of another that is made primarily for the benefit of the party making it and need not be in writing to be enforceable compare collateral promise in this entry, main purpose rule
—promise implied in fact
: an implied promise that exists by inference from specific facts, circumstances, or acts of the parties
—promise implied in law
: an implied promise that exists on the basis of a legally enforceable duty and not on the basis of words or conduct which are promissory in form or support an inference of a promisea promise implied in law that one will be compensated for services rendered and accepted