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promise

adjective (a)

  • 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. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • grounds for feeling hopeful about the future (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: hope
    Example:
    There is little or no promise that he will recover.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • make a promise or commitment (verb.communication)
    Synonym: assure
    source: wordnet30
  • promise to undertake or give (verb.communication)
    Example:
    I promise you my best effort.
    source: wordnet30
  • make a prediction about; tell in advance (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • give grounds for expectations (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The results promised fame and glory.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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