- The definition of a promise is a statement given by someone that he will do as he said, or it can refer to a person's potential.
- An example of a promise is when someone has sworn to meet you at one.
- An example of promise is a child prodigy who will probably do great things.
- To promise is to give your word about something or guarantee that you will do whatever you are saying you will do.
An example of promise is when you say to your friend "I swear I will be there."
promise definition by Webster's New World
- 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
Origin: Middle English promis ; from Classical Latin promissum ; from promittere, to send before or forward ; from pro-, forth plush mittere, to send: see pro- and amp; mission
- to make a promise
- to give a basis for expectation: often with well or fair
- 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
- Informal to declare emphatically; assure
- Archaic to pledge to give in marriage
- promiser noun
promise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.b. Something promised.
- Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air.
- Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise.
- To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge: left but promised to return.
- To afford a basis for expecting: thunderclouds that promise rain.
- To make a declaration assuring that something will or will not be done.
- To afford a basis for expectation: an enterprise that promises well.
Origin: Middle English promis, from Old French promise, from Medieval Latin prōmissa, alteration of Latin prōmissum, from neuter past participle of prōmittere, to send forth, promise : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + mittere, to send.
- promˈis·er noun
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