- a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
- an express assurance on which expectation is to be based: promises that an enemy will not win.
- something that has the effect of an express assurance; indication of what may be expected.
- indication of future excellence or achievement: a writer who shows promise.
- something that is promised.
- to engage or undertake by promise (usually used with an infinitive or a clause as object): She promised to go tomorrow.
- to make a promise of (some specified act, gift, etc.): to promise help.
- to make a promise of something to (a specified person): Promise me that you will come.
- to afford ground for expecting: The sky promised a storm.
- to engage to join in marriage.
- to assure (used in emphatic declarations): I won't go there again, I promise you that!
- to afford ground for expectation (often followed by well or fair): His forthcoming novel promises well.
- to make a promise.
Origin of promise
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for promised
In a neat line, his agent, beginning a bidding war, promised: “Michiko Kakutani will flip for this.”What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
Today, the hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace promised further attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
Charter schools, rejecting the tenet of promotion through seniority, promised to do better.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Some believe that the promised liberation is a spiritual one.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope
December 7, 2014
Kadyrov had promised to detain Muslim women wearing veils that cover their faces.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
Giles has promised me none,” said Dennet, with a pouting lip, “nor Ambrose.
And she was disappointed that he only promised to consider the matter and let her hear from him.
I was very much annoyed at the natives not putting in appearance as promised.
The horses will be furnished by the settlers, many having already been promised me.
Dear baby, it promised its mother it wouldn't drink wine for two months.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
- (often foll by to; when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to give an assurance of (something to someone); undertake (to do something) in the futureI promise that I will come
- (tr) to undertake to give (something to someone)he promised me a car for my birthday
- (when tr, takes an infinitive) to cause one to expect that in the future one is likely (to be or do something)she promises to be a fine soprano
- (usually passive) to engage to be married; betrothI'm promised to Bill
- (tr) to assure (someone) of the authenticity or inevitability of something (often in the parenthetic phrase I promise you, used to emphasize a statement)there'll be trouble, I promise you
- 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
- indication of forthcoming excellence or goodnessa writer showing considerable promise
- the thing of which an assurance is given
Word Origin and History for promised
c.1400, "a pledge, vow," from Old French promesse "promise, guarantee, assurance" (13c.) and directly from Latin promissum "a promise," noun use of neuter past participle of promittere "send forth; let go; foretell; assure beforehand, promise," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). The ground sense is "declaration made about the future, about some act to be done or not done."
Idioms and Phrases with promised
see lick and a promise.