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.
  2. To assure, or engage to do, something; give reason for hope or expectation.
  3. To engage to do or not to do for another; give reason to hope for.
  4. To make an engagement to do or not to do something: to afford reason to expect: to assure: to engage to bestow.
  5. make a prediction about; tell in advance; " Call the outcome of an election"
  6. give grounds for expectations; " The new results were promising"; " The results promised fame and glory"
  7. promise to undertake or give; " I promise you my best effort"
  8. To engage to do something; to afford reason to expect.
  9. To assure by a binding declaration; to engage or undertake to do, or not to do; to afford hopes or expectation.
  10. grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; " there is little or no promise that he will recover"
  11. a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do ( or not to do) something in the future
  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.
  13. That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise.
  14. Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised.
  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.
  16. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
  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.
  18. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
  19. To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil.
  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.
  21. Promiser, promisor.
  22. An engagement to do or not to do something: expectation or that which affords expectation.
  23. A declaration binding the one who makes it; engagement; ground of expectation.
  24. To engage by declaration; give reason to expect.
  25. Reasonable ground for hope or expectation.
  26. Something promised.
  27. An engagement to do or not to do something for another's benefit; that which affords ground of expectation; that which is promised.
  28. Word pledged; a declaration or engagement, more or less formal, to another; hopes; expectation.