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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.
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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 promise

promise
/ (ˈprɒmɪs) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of promise

promiser, noun

Word Origin for promise

C14: from Latin prōmissum a promise, from prōmittere to send forth
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Other Idioms and Phrases with promise

promise

see lick and a promise.

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