Definition of Promise

1. Noun. A verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future.




2. Verb. Make a promise or commitment. "They promise him to write the letter"
Exact synonyms: Assure
Specialized synonyms: Pledge, Plight, Swear Off, Contract, Undertake, Guarantee, Undertake
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Assurance, Promisee, Promiser, Promisor, Promissory

3. Noun. Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future. ; "There is little or no promise that he will recover"
Exact synonyms: Hope
Generic synonyms: Expectation, Outlook, Prospect
Specialized synonyms: Rainbow
Derivative terms: Hope, Hope

4. Verb. Promise to undertake or give. "They promise them the money"; "I promise you my best effort"
Generic synonyms: Declare
Derivative terms: Promisee, Promisor, Promissory

5. Verb. Make a prediction about; tell in advance. "Call the outcome of an election"

6. Verb. Give grounds for expectations. "The results promised fame and glory"
Generic synonyms: Be

Definition of Promise

1. a. In general, a declaration, written or verbal, made by one person to another, which binds the person who makes it to do, or to forbear to do, a specified act; a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.

2. v. t. To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing, giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage; as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of hostilities; to promise the payment of money.

3. v. i. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.

Definition of Promise

1. Noun. An oath or affirmation; a vow. ¹

2. Noun. A transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his use. ¹

3. Verb. to commit to something or action; to make an oath; make a vow. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Promise

1. to make a declaration of assurance [v -ISED, -ISING, -ISES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Promise

promine
prominence
prominences
prominencies
prominency
prominent
prominently
promines
prominin
promis'd
promiscuities
promiscuity
promiscuously
promiscuousness
promise (current term)
promised
promised one
promisee
promisees
promiseless
promiser
promisers
promises
promisest
promiseth
promising
promisingly
promisor
promisors

Literary usage of Promise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1853)
"In all that mutually concerns you and Graham there seems to me promise, plan, harmony. I do not think the sunny youth of either will prove the forerunner of ..."

2. The Holy Bible ...by Canadian Bible Society by Canadian Bible Society (1851)
"... лиге т Aw promise, multiply thee. ^ let us go on unto perfection; not 16 For men verily swear by the J- ciples of the doctrine ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Agency: Including Not Only a Discussion of the by Floyd Russell Mechem (1914)
"When promise to pay will be implied.—But whenever services are rendered by one person at the express request of another, the law will, except in the case of ..."

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