Two children making a pinky swear promise.
- 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."
- an oral or written agreement to do or not to do something
- indication, as of a successful prospect or future; basis for expectation
- something promised
Origin of promiseMiddle English promis from Classical Latin promissum from promittere, to send before or forward from pro-, forth + mittere, to send: see pro- and mission
intransitive verb-·ised, -·is·ing
- 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
- 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.
verbprom·ised, prom·is·ing, prom·is·es
- 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 of promiseMiddle 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
- An oath or affirmation; a vow.
- if I make a promise, I always stick to it; he broke his promise
- 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.
- Reason to expect improvement or success; potential.
- She shows great promise as an actress.
- (computing, programming) A placeholder object that can be manipulated in code before it has been assigned a value.
(third-person singular simple present promises, present participle promising, simple past and past participle promised)
- To commit to something or action; to make an oath; make a vow.
- If you promise not to tell anyone, I will let you have this cake for free.
- She promised me it was her first time.
- He promised to never return to this town again.
- She promised me a big kiss if I pick her up for the airport.
- I can't promise success, but I'll do the best I can.
- (intransitive) To give grounds for expectation, especially of something good.
- The clouds promise rain.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Middle English promis (“promis, promisse"), from Old French promesse, from Medieval Latin promissa, Latin promissum (“a promise"), feminine and neuter of Latin promissus, past participle of promittere (“to send or put forth, let go forward, say beforehand, promise"), from pro (“forth") + mittere (“to send"); see mission. Compare admit, commit, permit, etc. Displaced native Middle English beheste, bihest (“promise, behest") (from Old English behÇ£s (“promise, vow")), Middle English hight (“promise") (from Old English hÄ“ht, past tense of Old English hÄtan (“to promise")), Middle English hat, haut (“promise, vow") (from Old English Ä¡ehÄt (“promise, vow")), Middle English quidde, quid (“saying, promise"). Compare Middle English forhaten, forhauten (“to promise").
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