[Middle English promis, from Old French promise, from Medieval Latin prōmissa, alteration of Latin prōmissum from neuter past participle of prōmittere, to send forth, promise, prō-, forth; see pro–1, + mittere, to send.]
- A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow.
- Something promised.
- Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air.
- Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise.
(verb: -ised, -is·ing, -is·es.)
- To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge: left but promised to return.
- To afford a basis for expecting: thunderclouds that promise rain.
- To make a declaration assuring that something will or will not be done.
- To afford a basis for expectation: an enterprise that promises wel