Definition of Promise in English :

Define Promise in English

Promise meaning in English

Meaning of Promise in English

Pronunciation of Promise in English

Promise pronunciation in English

Pronounce Promise in English


see synonyms of promise


1. promise

a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

2. hope, promise

grounds for feeling hopeful about the future

Example Sentences:
'there is little or no promise that he will recover'


3. assure, promise

make a promise or commitment

4. promise

promise to undertake or give

Example Sentences:
'I promise you my best effort'

5. anticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate, promise

make a prediction about; tell in advance

Example Sentences:
'Call the outcome of an election'

6. promise

give grounds for expectations

Example Sentences:
'The new results were promising'
'The results promised fame and glory'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of promise
1. (often foll 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
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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see synonyms of promise
an oral or written agreement to do or not to do something; vow
indication, as of a successful prospect or future; basis for expectation
something promised
verb intransitiveWord forms: ˈpromised or ˈpromising
to make a promise
to give a basis for expectation
often with well or fair
verb transitive
to make a promise of (something) to somebody
to engage or pledge
followed by an infinitive or a clause
to promise to go
to give a basis for expecting
9.  Informal
to declare emphatically; assure
10.  Archaic
to pledge to give in marriage

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of promise
a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.
b. Something promised.
2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air.
3. Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise.
v. prom·ised, prom·is·ing, prom·is·es
1. To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge: left but promised to return.
2. To afford a basis for expecting: thunderclouds that promise rain.
1. To make a declaration assuring that something will or will not be done.
2. To afford a basis for expectation: an enterprise that promises well.

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