Definition of "promise" []

  • A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. (noun)
  • Something promised. (noun)
  • Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air. (noun)
  • Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise. (noun)
  • To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge: left but promised to return. (verb-transitive)
  • To give an assurance of (something to someone); undertake (to do something) in the future (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To undertake to give (something to someone) (verb)
  • To cause one to expect that in the future one is likely (to be or do something) (verb)
  • To engage to be married; betroth (verb)
  • To assure (someone) of the authenticity or inevitability of something (often in the parenthetic phrase I promise you, used to emphasize a statement) (verb)
  • An undertaking or assurance given by one person to another agreeing or guaranteeing to do or give something, or not to do or give something, in the future (noun)
  • Indication of forthcoming excellence or goodness (noun)
  • The thing of which an assurance is given (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "promise" in a sentence
  • ""Then -- promise, _promise_ me, Constance, as if I were on my dying bed, that you never will.""
  • "When I say "_I_ shall go" (_j'irai_), I merely express an _intention_ or _promise_ to go; but if I continue "_You_ and _they_ shall go," I convey the idea that _my_ intention or promise is operative on _you_ and _them_; and the terms which"
  • "If a man finds out something about his neighbour, and, after he has found it out for himself, the neighbour gets him to promise not to publish it, that is a secret of _promise_."