What does promise mean?

Definitions for promise
ˈprɒm ɪsprom·ise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promisenoun

    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

  2. promise, hopeverb

    grounds for feeling hopeful about the future

    "there is little or no promise that he will recover"

  3. promise, assureverb

    make a promise or commitment

  4. promiseverb

    promise to undertake or give

    "I promise you my best effort"

  5. predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promiseverb

    make a prediction about; tell in advance

    "Call the outcome of an election"

  6. promiseverb

    give grounds for expectations

    "The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory"

Wiktionary

  1. promisenoun

    An oath or affirmation; a vow.

  2. promisenoun

    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.

  3. promiseverb

    to commit to something or action; to make an oath; make a vow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Promiseadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  2. Promiseadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  3. Promiseadjective

    that which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  4. Promiseadjective

    bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  5. Promiseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  6. Promiseverb

    to afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  7. Promiseverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  8. Promiseverb

    to give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration

    Etymology: [F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere, promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission. ]

  9. Promiseverb

    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. ]

Freebase

  1. Promise

    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

  1. Promise

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. promise

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'promise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3847

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'promise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4171

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'promise' in Nouns Frequency: #1255

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'promise' in Verbs Frequency: #321

Anagrams for promise »

  1. imposer, semipro

  2. Semipro

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of promise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of promise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of promise in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    After my family, the city of Flint, and the children in DC were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now, that as president in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, a notification made to the citizens that have said service lines.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When you're surrounded by deepest darkness, it's hard to even think about a ray of Sunshine. Likewise it's difficult to think of justice, when you see the triumph of evil and deceit, and the defeat of truth and honesty all around us. Nonetheless, just as the first ray of Sun penetrates the dark and illuminates our world, the justice of Supreme Power prevails to uproot and smash the evil. The promise is that you will always get double of what was taken away from you; see e.g. the following lines from Holy Book: "Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever." The justice from Supreme Power shall thus prevail - always! Never lose the Hope and keep your Faith strong!

  3. Jason Sheats:

    I promise you, whatever you want, I will. . .

  4. Mike Ramsey:

    The reason (the camera) is going to sweep across the cabin is not because of distraction ... but because of all the side benefits, i promise you that companies that are trying to monetize data from the connected car are investigating ways to use eye-tracking technology.

  5. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho:

    Malaria continues to strip communities around the world of promise and economic potential.

Images & Illustrations of promise

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