- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to tell someone that you will definitely do or not do something, or that something will definitely happen promise (to do something) The college principal promised to look into the matter. “Promise not to tell anyone!” “I promise.” They arrived at 7:30 as they had promised. promise something The government has promised a full investigation into the disaster. I'll see what I can do but I can't promise anything. promise (that)… The brochure promised (that) the local food would be excellent. promise somebody (that)… You promised me (that) you'd be home early tonight. promise something to somebody He promised the money to his grandchildren. promise somebody something He promised his grandchildren the money. promise yourself something I've promised myself some fun when the exams are over. promise (somebody) + speech “I'll be back soon,” she promised.
- 2 [transitive] to make something seem likely to happen; to show signs of something it promises to be something It promises to be an exciting few days. promise something There were dark clouds overhead promising rain. Idioms
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NAmE//ˈprɑməs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they promise
he / she / it promises
past simple promised
-ing form promising
used as a way of encouraging or warning someone about something I can promise you, you'll have a wonderful time. If you don't take my advice, you'll regret it, I promise you.
I (can) promise you (informal)jump to other results
the act of performing a task quickly and carelessly, especially of washing or cleaning something quickly
a lick and a promise (informal)jump to other results
to make promises that will be impossible to keep Politicians promise the earth before an election, but things are different afterward.
promise (somebody) the earth/moon/world (informal)jump to other results