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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: promissum, from the past participle of promittere 'to send out, promise'

promise

2 noun
     
promise2 S3 W2
1 [countable] a statement that you will definitely do or provide something or that something will definitely happen
promise of
a promise of help
promise to
his promise to his father
promise to do something
She made a promise to visit them once a month.
promise that
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.
2 [uncountable] 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.
3 [singular,uncountable] a sign that something, usually something good, may happen
promise of
the promise of spring
The letter gave a promise of greater happiness.

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