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English noun: promise

1. promise (communication) a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future


Broader (hypernym)commitment, dedication, speech act


Narrower (hyponym)betrothal, engagement, oath, parole, pinning, rain check, troth, word, word of honor

2. promise (cognition) grounds for feeling hopeful about the future


SamplesThere is little or no promise that he will recover.


Synonymshope


Broader (hypernym)expectation, outlook, prospect


Narrower (hyponym)rainbow


English verb: promise

1. promise (communication) make a promise or commitment


ExamplesThey promise him to write the letter


Synonymsassure


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)declare


Narrower (hyponym)contract, guarantee, pledge, plight, swear off, undertake, undertake

2. promise (communication) promise to undertake or give


SamplesI promise you my best effort.


ExamplesThey promise the money to them , They promise them the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)declare

3. promise (communication) make a prediction about; tell in advance


SamplesCall the outcome of an election.


Synonymsanticipate, call, forebode, foretell, predict, prognosticate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)guess, hazard, pretend, venture


Narrower (hyponym)augur, bet, calculate, forecast, outguess, prophesy, read, second-guess, vaticinate, wager

4. promise (stative) give grounds for expectations


SamplesThe new results were promising.
The results promised fame and glory.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be









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