promise: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (prom'is), [key]
— n., v., -ised, -is•ing.
- a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
- an express assurance on which expectation is to be based: promises that an enemy will not win.
- something that has the effect of an express assurance; indication of what may be expected.
- indication of future excellence or achievement: a writer who shows promise.
- something that is promised.
- to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object): She promised to go tomorrow.
- to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.): to promise help.
- to make a promise of something to (a specified person): Promise me that you will come.
- to afford ground for expecting: The sky promised a storm.
- to engage to join in marriage.
- to assure (used in emphatic declarations): I won't go there again, I promise you that!
- to afford ground for expectation (often fol. by well or fair): His forthcoming novel promises well.
- to make a promise.
- promise (Thesaurus)