|Origin:||promissum, from the past participle of promittere 'to send out, promise'|
promise2 S3 W2
a statement that you will definitely do or provide something or that something will definitely happen
a promise of help
his promise to his father
his promise that the job would be mine
keep/break a promise (=to do or fail to do something you promised)
Don't make promises you can't keep.
I might have to break my promise.
I'll never lie to you again. You have my solemn promise.
signs that something or someone will be good or successful:
a young man full of promise
Bill shows great promise as a goalkeeper.
She didn't fulfil her early promise.
a sign that something, usually something good, may happen
the promise of spring
The letter gave a promise of greater happiness.