What does Promise mean?
Definitions for Promise
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Promise.
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
"there is little or no promise that he will recover"
make a promise or commitment
promise to undertake or give
"I promise you my best effort"
predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promiseverb
make a prediction about; tell in advance
"Call the outcome of an election"
give grounds for expectations
"The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory"
An oath or affirmation; a vow.
A transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his use.
to commit to something or action; to make an oath; make a vow.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: promissum, Lat. promise, promesse, Fr.
I eat the air, promise cramm’d; you cannot feed capons so. Sha.
His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
But his performance, as he now is, nothing. William Shakespeare.
O Lord, let thy promise unto David be established. 1 Chron.
Behold, she said, perform’d in ev’ry part
My promise made; and Vulcan’s labour’d art. Dryden.
Let any man consider, how many sorrows he would have escaped, had God called him to his rest, and then say, whether the promise to deliver the just from the evils to come, ought not to be made our daily prayer. William Wake.
Now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. Acts.
Your young prince Mamillius is a gentleman of the greatest promise. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
Etymology: promettre, Fr. promitto, Lat.
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption. 2 Peter ii. 18.
I could not expect such an effect as I found, which seldom reaches to the degree that is promised by the prescribers of any remedies. William Temple, Miscel.
Promising is the very air o’ th’ time; it opens the eyes of expectation: performance is ever the duller for his act. William Shakespeare.
I dare promise for this play, that in the roughness of the numbers, which was so designed, you will see somewhat more masterly than any of my former tragedies. Dryden.
As he promised in the law, he will shortly have mercy, and gather us together. 2 Mac. ii. 18.
All the pleasure we can take, when we met these promising sparks, is in the disappointment. Henry Felton.
She brib’d my stay, with more than human charms;
Nay promis’d, vainly promis’d to bestow
Immortal life. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
Will not the ladies be afraid of the lion?
—— I fear it, I promise you. William Shakespeare.
A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give. It can also mean a capacity for good, similar to a value that is to be realized in the near future.In the law of contract, an exchange of promises is usually held to be legally enforceable, according to the Latin maxim pacta sunt servanda.
in general, a declaration, written or verbal, made by one person to another, which binds the person who makes it to do, or to forbear to do, a specified act; a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act
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
that which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise
bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised
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
to afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain
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
to give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration
to afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil
Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]
A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give. It can also mean a capacity for good, similar to a value that is to be realized in the near future. In the law of contract, an exchange of promises is usually held to be legally enforceable, according to the Latin maxim pacta sunt servanda.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prom′is, n. an engagement made by a person either verbally or in writing to do or keep from doing something: expectation or that which causes expectation: a ground for hope of future excellence: (rare) fulfilment of what is promised.—v.t. to make an engagement to do or not to do something: to afford reason to expect: to assure: to engage to bestow.—v.i. to assure one by a promise: to afford hopes or expectations: (rare) to stand sponsor.—ns. Prom′ise-breach (Shak.), violation of promise; Prom′ise-break′er (Shak.), a violator of promises.—adj. Prom′ise-crammed (Shak.), crammed or filled with promises.—ns. Promisēē′, the person to whom a promise is made; Prom′iser, Prom′isor.—adj. Prom′ising, affording ground for hope or expectation: likely to turn out well.—advs. Prom′isingly; Prom′issorily.—adj. Prom′issory, containing a promise of some engagement to be fulfilled.—n. Prom′issory-note, a note by one person promising to pay a sum of money to another, or to bearer, at a certain date, or at sight, or on demand.—Promised land, the land promised by God to Abraham and his seed: Canaan: heaven.—Be promised (rare), to have an engagement; Breach of promise (see Breach); Conditional promise, a promise of which the obligation depends on certain conditions—opp. to Absolute promise; Express promise, a promise expressed orally or in writing; The Promise, the assurance of God to Abraham that his descendants should become the chosen people. [Fr. promesse—L. promissa, promittĕre, to send forward—pro, forward, mittĕre, to send.]
Agree to do or complete an act.
They made a promise to marry on a specific date this year which is easily achieved.
Submitted by MaryC on January 10, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Promise is ranked #88336 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Promise surname appeared 210 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Promise.
71.4% or 150 total occurrences were Black.
20.4% or 43 total occurrences were White.
3.8% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.3% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Promise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3847
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Promise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4171
Rank popularity for the word 'Promise' in Nouns Frequency: #1255
Rank popularity for the word 'Promise' in Verbs Frequency: #321
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The numerical value of Promise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Promise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Promise in a Sentence
With the intended nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Biden has made it clear that his top priority is paying back the left-wing dark money network that spent over one billion dollars to help elect him and Senate Democrats, before he was elected, Biden campaigned on the promise of unity and moderation. But since taking office, he has continued to deliver radical extremism.
No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period, if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.
I wish he had fulfilled the campaign promise of 2008.
I feel appreciative that people have responded to that and associate value with me, i think our success is that we really put our hearts into it, but we can bring it at a lower price point. To make women feel good, that in itself is a true accomplishment… It’s gratifying for me… I feel that I made that promise. It gives purpose and dignity to what we do.
What I promise to tell my staff is how to improve their dishes, this is missing a bit of lime or missing a bit of sugar or maybe it's the cooking points of the prawns.
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Translations for Promise
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- تعهد, أوعد, وعدArabic
- promesa, prometreCatalan, Valencian
- slib, slíbitCzech
- promeso, promesiEsperanto
- prometer, promesaSpanish
- نوید وعده قولPersian
- luvata, lupausFinnish
- vœu, promettre, promesseFrench
- gealltanasScottish Gaelic
- prometer, promesaGalician
- הבטיח, הבטחה, נדרHebrew
- वचन देना, शपथ, सौगन्द, वचनHindi
- pwomètHaitian Creole
- megígér, ígér, ígéretHungarian
- խոստում, խոստանալArmenian
- berjanji, menjanjikanIndonesian
- loforð, heita, lofa, strengja heitIcelandic
- promettere, giuramento, voto, giurare, promessaItalian
- 約束する, 約束Japanese
- بهڵێن, بهڵێندانKurdish
- polliceor, promissio, promissum, promittoLatin
- Verspriechen, VerspriechungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- beloven, belofteDutch
- love, løfteNorwegian
- ałgáádeitʼááh, ádee hazhdidziihNavajo, Navaho
- obiecać, obietnicaPolish
- prometer, promessaPortuguese
- promisiune, legământ, promiteRomanian
- обещание, обещатьRussian
- शपथ, व्रत, प्रतिज्ञा, वचनSanskrit
- obljubiti, obljubaSlovene
- löfte, lovaSwedish
- söz vermek, vaat, sözTurkish
- شپتھ, وعدہUrdu
- lời hứaVietnamese
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