Promise Definition

promised, promises, promising
An oral or written agreement to do or not to do something.
Webster's New World
Something promised.
Webster's New World
Indication of something favorable to come; expectation.
A promise of spring in the air.
American Heritage
Indication, as of a successful prospect or future; basis for expectation.
Webster's New World
An avowal to do something or to refrain from doing something, conveyed in such a way as to assure another that it will be done, and that can be considered binding.
Webster's New World Law
promised, promises, promising
To make a promise.
Webster's New World
To engage or pledge.
To promise to go.
Webster's New World
To make a promise of (something) to somebody.
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To give a basis for expecting.
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To give a basis for expectation.
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Other Word Forms of Promise



Origin of Promise

  • 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 hātan (“to promise")), Middle English hat, haut (“promise, vow") (from Old English Ä¡ehāt (“promise, vow")), Middle English quidde, quid (“saying, promise"). Compare Middle English forhaten, forhauten (“to promise").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 pro–1 mittere to send

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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