verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
- prominent heel,
- prominent moth,
- promised land,
Origin of promise
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|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Today, the hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace promised further attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Charter schools, rejecting the tenet of promotion through seniority, promised to do better.
Some believe that the promised liberation is a spiritual one.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope|Gene Robinson|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kadyrov had promised to detain Muslim women wearing veils that cover their faces.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia|Anna Nemtsova|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The empress had not waited for this serious reverse to claim from France the promised aid.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times|Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Tobias had seemed impressed, and promised his answer in the morning, leaving her to sleep—with a sentry at her cabin door.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
Derrick had promised that he would initiate his friend into all the details of the business, and look after him generally.Derrick Sterling|Kirk Monroe
The maestro was not so enthusiastic as Messiani, but he promised to do what he could.Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing|Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
The king received them graciously, and promised to grant them whatever largess they should request.The History of Prostitution|William W. Sanger
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."
c.1400, from promise (n.). Related: Promised; promising. Promised land (1530s) is a reference to the land of Canaan promised to Abraham and his progeny (Hebrew xi:9, etc.; Greek ten ges tes epangelias).
see lick and a promise.