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promise verb (promised, promising) 1 tr & intr to give an undertaking (to do or not do something). 2 to undertake to give something to someone • promised him a treat. 3 to show signs of bringing something • clouds that promise rain. 4 to look likely (to do something) • promises to have a great future. 5 to assure or warn • I promise nothing bad will happen. noun 1 an assurance to give, do or not do something. 2 a sign • promise of spring in the air. 3 signs of future excellence. promise well or badly to give grounds for hope, or despondency. promisee noun. promiser or promisor noun.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from Latin promittere, promissum to send forth.