Definition of promise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒmɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːmɪs//
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  1. 1  [countable] a statement that tells somebody that you will definitely do or not do something to make/keep/break a promise promise (to do something) She kept her promise to visit her aunt regularly. promise (of something) The government failed to keep its promise of lower taxes. promise (that…) Do I have your promise that you won't tell anyone about this? You haven't gone back on your promise, have you? He simply broke every single promise he ever made me.
  2. 2  [uncountable] a sign that somebody/something will be successful synonym potential Her work shows great promise. He failed to fulfil his early promise. Their future was full of promise.
  3. 3[uncountable, singular] promise of something a sign, or a reason for hope that something may happen, especially something good The day dawned bright and clear, with the promise of warm, sunny weather. The dog approached, attracted by the promise of food.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin promissum ‘something promised’, neuter past participle of promittere ‘put forth, promise’, from pro- ‘forward’ + mittere ‘send’.Extra examples His career failed to fulfil its early promise. I’ll consider it, but I make no promises. Organic food seems to hold out the promise of healthy living. Politicians should be held to their promises. She showed great promise as a runner. The Opposition is determined to hold the government to its election promises. The year began so full of promise, and ended in disappointment. They’ve made all sorts of promises about reforming the health system. This new venture holds great promise for the future. We extracted a promise from them that they would repay the money by May. You gave me your promise I could use the car tonight. a pianist of promise promises of support Do I have your promise that you won’t tell anyone about this? He repeated his promise that there would be extra help for the poorest pensioners. Her work shows great promise. I try not to make promises that I can’t keep. I won’t be late. That’s a promise! She had obviously forgotten her promise to call me. The day dawned bright and clear, with the promise of warm sunny weather. The minister was under attack for a series of broken promises. The president has made a habit of breaking election promises. Their future was full of promise. You haven’t gone back on your promise to me, have you?Idioms (informal) the act of performing a task quickly and carelessly, especially of washing or cleaning something quickly
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