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Meaning of “promise” in the English Dictionary

"promise" in British English

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promiseverb

uk   /ˈprɒm.ɪs/  us   /ˈprɑː.mɪs/
  • promise verb (SAY CERTAINLY)

B1 [I or T] to ​tell someone that you will ​certainly do something: [+ to infinitive] He promised ​faithfully tocall me every ​week. [+ that] The ​government have promised that they'll ​reducetaxes. [+ (that)] Promise me (that) you won't ​tell him. I'll ​look for some while I'm at the ​shops but I'm not promising anything. Can I have that ​book back when you've ​finished because I've promised it (= I have said I will give it) to Sara. [+ two objects] Her ​parents promised her a new ​car if she ​passed her ​exams. I've promised myself a ​longbath when I get through all this ​work. [+ speech] "I'll come round and ​see you every ​day," she promised. "I won't do anything ​dangerous." "You promise?" "I promise." "I won't have ​time to take you ​shopping this ​afternoon." "But you promised!"

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promisenoun

uk   /ˈprɒm.ɪs/  us   /ˈprɑː.mɪs/
  • promise noun (SAY CERTAINLY)

B1 [C] the ​act of saying that you will ​certainly do something: I'll put my things away ​tonight - and that's a promise! I'll ​try to get back in ​time, but I'm not making any promises.keep/break a promise B2 to do/not do what you said that you would do: If I make a promise, I like to ​keep it.

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(Definition of promise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"promise" in American English

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promiseverb

 us   /ˈprɑm·ɪs/
  • promise verb (STATE CONFIDENTLY)

[I/T] to ​state to someone that you will ​certainly do something: [T] We promised the ​kids (that) we’d take them to the ​zoo. [+ to infinitive] She promised to be ​careful.
  • promise verb (HAVE LIKELY SUCCESS)

to ​seemlikely: [+ to infinitive] The new ​movie promises to be one of the ​biggest money-makers of all ​time.

promisenoun

 us   /ˈprɑm·ɪs/
  • promise noun (LIKELY SUCCESS)

[U] the ​likelihood of ​success or ​achievement: She ​showsgreat promise as a ​fictionwriter.
  • promise noun (CONFIDENT STATEMENT)

[C] a ​statement that you will ​certainly do something: I’ll ​try to get back in ​time, but I’m not making any promises. He ​broke his promise to (= said he would but did not) give his ​artcollection to the ​countymuseum.
(Definition of promise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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