Definitions of promise

  1. make a prediction about; tell in advance; " Call the outcome of an election"
  2. make a promise or commitment
  3. grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; " there is little or no promise that he will recover"
  4. give grounds for expectations; " The new results were promising"; " The results promised fame and glory"
  5. a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do ( or not to do) something in the future
  6. promise to undertake or give; " I promise you my best effort"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise.
  10. Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised.
  11. 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.
  12. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
  13. 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.
  14. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
  15. To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil.
  16. 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.
  17. To assure, or engage to do, something; give reason for hope or expectation.
  18. To engage to do or not to do for another; give reason to hope for.
  19. Promiser, promisor.
  20. An engagement to do or not to do something: expectation or that which affords expectation.
  21. To make an engagement to do or not to do something: to afford reason to expect: to assure: to engage to bestow.
  22. A declaration binding the one who makes it; engagement; ground of expectation.
  23. To engage by declaration; give reason to expect.
  24. To agree to do or not to do.
  25. To afford hope or expectation.
  26. A declaration binding to do or not to do a specified act.
  27. Reasonable ground for hope or expectation.
  28. Something promised.
  29. An engagement to do or not to do something for another's benefit; that which affords ground of expectation; that which is promised.
  30. To engage to do something; to afford reason to expect.
  31. 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.
  32. Word pledged; a declaration or engagement, more or less formal, to another; hopes; expectation.
  33. To assure by a binding declaration; to engage or undertake to do, or not to do; to afford hopes or expectation.

Antonyms for promise

call off, cancel, rescind, revoke, cry off, abort.

Quotes of promise

  1. You cannot live on other people's promises, but if you promise others enough, you can live on your own. – Mark Caine
  2. Yeah, it's tough being smart and sexy, too. I have to say, I'm really not that attractive. Until I met my husband, I could not get a date. I promise you it's true. My husband Jeff Richmond saw a diamond in the rough and took me in. – Tina Fey
  3. He is poor indeed that can promise nothing. – Thomas Fuller
  4. Nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever approaching, forever vanishing; but in her vanishings there seems to be ever the waving of a hand, in all her partings a promise of meetings farther along the road. – Richard Le Gallienne
  5. More than half the combat deaths in Vietnam occurred after Richard Nixon was elected on a promise to bring the war to an end, and after the American people had already decided that they did not want one more soldier to die in Vietnam. – Raul Grijalva
  6. I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn't promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances. – Patricia Heaton
  7. What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those? – Gilbert Highet
  8. When the great promise of the Spirit was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, it was fulfilled not in reference to the apostles only. – Charles Hodge
  9. It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak. – Eric Hoffer
  10. God wants to father all of us until we're dead sure of his approval, his guiding power and his promise of heaven. – Bill Hybels
  11. I am not a total, complete nitwit when it comes to selling books. I promise you there will be unexpected things. Some of them I don't know yet. She's writing it all herself. – Mary Matalin
  12. Please accept a promise from me in his name that I will always live in the religion in which he died. – Giacomo Meyerbeer
  13. Our promise to our children should be this: if you do well in school, we will pay for you to obtain a college degree. – Ruth Ann Minner
  14. President Reagan was elected on the promise of getting government off the backs of the people and now he demands that government wrap itself around the waists of the people. – Ralph Nader
  15. Rarely promise but, if lawful, constantly perform. – William Penn

Usage examples for promise

  1. Golah would not promise this. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  2. Oh, all right, he said, after a moment, I promise for I think you are right, Crowther. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  3. You have promised me not to watch her; promise me not to think about her. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  4. Yes, I promise and now it is up to you. – The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  5. You dare not go back from the promise you have made me." – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  6. I knew you would keep your promise – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  7. I can promise you nothing. – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  8. " I promise answered Fledra. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  9. We'll promise to leave. – Puss Junior and Robinson Crusoe by David Cory
  10. " Well, then, promise nothing. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  11. " This is my promise – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  12. I have made my mother promise to come home. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. Well, Miska, and I promise too. – King Matthias and the Beggar Boy by Nicholas Jósika
  14. " I promise I not do that again," said Bela. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  15. My spirit, I promise you that! – The Way of the Gods by John Luther Long
  16. I'll promise to do it. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  17. I wish you would go away now, and promise me never to speak to me again. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  18. You ask me to make you a promise – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  19. I wouldn't have come down here, if I had known there was a promise – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

Rhymes for promise

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