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Definitions of promise

  1. To assure by promise; to afford expectations; to assure. Breach of promise, non-fulfilment of a matrimonial contract, which renders the party liable to damages at law. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To assure, or engage to do, something; give reason for hope or expectation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To engage to do or not to do for another; give reason to hope for. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To make an engagement to do or not to do something: to afford reason to expect: to assure: to engage to bestow. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. give grounds for expectations; "The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. promise to undertake or give; "I promise you my best effort" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To engage to do something; to afford reason to expect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To assure by a binding declaration; to engage or undertake to do, or not to do; to afford hopes or expectation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. An engagement by one person to another, either in words or in writing, but properly not under seal, for the performance or nonperformance of some particular thing. The word promise is used to denote the mere engagement of a person, without regard to the consideration for it, or the corresponding duty of the party to whom it is made. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing, giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage; as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of hostilities; to promise the payment of money. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To make declaration of or give assurance of, as some benefit to be conferred; to pledge or engage to bestow; as, the proprietors promised large tracts of land; the city promised a reward. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. An engagement to do or not to do something; the thing to be done or left undone; a cause or ground for hope or expectation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Promiser, promisor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. An engagement to do or not to do something: expectation or that which affords expectation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. A declaration binding the one who makes it; engagement; ground of expectation. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To engage by declaration; give reason to expect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. Reasonable ground for hope or expectation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Something promised. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. An engagement to do or not to do something for another's benefit; that which affords ground of expectation; that which is promised. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Word pledged; a declaration or engagement, more or less formal, to another; hopes; expectation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for promise

  1. Well, Miska, and I promise too. – King Matthias and the Beggar Boy by Nicholas Jósika
  2. I'll promise to do it. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
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