What is the meaning of promise?


  • A verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future.
  • Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future.
    • usage: "there is little or no promise that he will recover"


  • Make a promise or commitment.
  • Promise to undertake or give.
    • usage: "I promise you my best effort"
  • Make a prediction about; tell in advance.
    • usage: "Call the outcome of an election"
  • Give grounds for expectations.
    • usage: "The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory"
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