verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
Origin of promise
Synonyms for promise
Related Words for promisepact, word, pledge, commitment, agreement, vow, obligation, assurance, guarantee, potential, talent, ability, affirm, agree, assure, ensure, commit, declare, suggest, encourage
Examples from the Web for promise
Contemporary Examples of promise
With those words was a promise to launch the first group of passengers in the coming year.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions
December 31, 2014
They opened for acts like Elliott Smith, Sloan, and Promise Ring.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age
December 15, 2014
Christie has a lot riding on fulfilling his promise of shepherding Atlantic City into a third boom era.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
In fact, November's results show parents want to continue with implementation of high standards and the results they promise.Why Voters Love Common Core
Harold Ford Jr.
November 28, 2014
Apparently, tech world is no longer enthralled by the promise that was Obama.Earth to DNC: Dyspeptic Dad Still Votes, Too
November 11, 2014
Historical Examples of promise
I promise you I shall not, Mr. Bines; they can row if they like.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hester Paine, as a young lady, fulfills the promise of her girlhood.Brave and Bold
Knife, however, must promise to leave his land to his son-in-law in case he died.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She was trying to extort a promise that she should appear in its pages, which, as we all remember, she did.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If we would promise we must put ourselves in a position to perform our promise.
Word Origin for promise
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."
see lick and a promise.