Thunderclouds that promise rain.
Left but promised to return.
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.
A promise of spring in the air.
An enterprise that promises well.
An example of promise is when you say to your friend "I swear I will be there."
A player of great promise.
To promise to go.
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.
The clouds promise rain.
Other Word Forms
Origin of promise
- 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
- 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").