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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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RELATED WORDS

pact, word, pledge, commitment, agreement, vow, obligation, assurance, guarantee, potential, talent, ability, affirm, agree, assure, ensure, commit, declare, suggest, encourage

Nearby words

prominent heel, prominent moth, prominently, promiscuity, promiscuous, promise, promised land, promisee, promising, promisingly, 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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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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Idioms and Phrases with promise

promise


see lick and a promise.

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