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promise

verb
 
 
/ˈprɒmɪs/
SAY [I, T] B1 to say that you will certainly do something or that something will certainly happen: [+ to do sth] She promised to write to me every week. [+ (that)] Paul promised me that he'd cook dinner tonight.Making and breaking promises and commitments
GIVE [+ two objects] B1 to say that you will certainly give something to someone: They promised us a reward. Grandma's ring was promised to me.Making and breaking promises and commitments
promise to be sth B2 If something promises to be good, exciting, etc, people expect that it will be good, exciting, etc.: It promises to be a really exciting game.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of promise verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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