promise: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (prom'is), [key]
— n., v., -ised, -is•ing.
  1. a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
  2. an express assurance on which expectation is to be based: promises that an enemy will not win.
  3. something that has the effect of an express assurance; indication of what may be expected.
  4. indication of future excellence or achievement: a writer who shows promise.
  5. something that is promised.
  1. to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object): She promised to go tomorrow.
  2. to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.): to promise help.
  3. to make a promise of something to (a specified person): Promise me that you will come.
  4. to afford ground for expecting: The sky promised a storm.
  5. to engage to join in marriage.
  6. to assure (used in emphatic declarations): I won't go there again, I promise you that!
  1. to afford ground for expectation (often fol. by well or fair): His forthcoming novel promises well.
  2. to make a promise.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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