promise

[ prom-is ]
/ ˈprɒm ɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

to afford ground for expectation (often followed by well or fair): His forthcoming novel promises well.
to make a promise.

Nearby words

  1. prominent heel,
  2. prominent moth,
  3. prominently,
  4. promiscuity,
  5. promiscuous,
  6. promised land,
  7. promisee,
  8. promising,
  9. promisingly,
  10. promisor

Origin of promise

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English promis(se) < Medieval Latin prōmissa, for Latin prōmissum, noun use of neuter past participle of prōmittere to promise, literally, to send forth, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + mittere to send; (v.) late Middle English promisen, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overpromise

promise

/ (ˈprɒmɪs) /

verb

noun

Derived Formspromiser, noun

Word Origin for promise

C14: from Latin prōmissum a promise, from prōmittere to send forth

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Word Origin and History for overpromise
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Idioms and Phrases with overpromise

promise

see lick and a promise.

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