promise

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noun
1 statement that you will do sth
ADJECTIVE
big

He makes all kinds of big promises he has little intention of keeping.

rash
broken, unfulfilled
empty, false, hollow
vague
binding, firm
solemn
pinky (= made by linking your little finger with another person's) (AmE, informal)
campaign, election, pre-election (esp. BrE)
brand (= printed on a product) (esp. AmE)
VERB + PROMISE
give sb, make (sb)

You gave me your promise I could use the car tonight.

I'll consider it, but I make no promises.

hold out

Organic food seems to hold out the promise of healthy living.

fulfil/fulfill, honour/honor, keep
break, go back on
extract

We extracted a promise from them that they would repay the money by May.

hold sb to

Politicians should be held to their promises.

The electorate is determined to hold the government to its election promises.

PROMISE + NOUN
ring (= showing sb's promise to be faithful)
PREPOSITION
promise about

They've made all sorts of promises about reforming the health system.

promise of

promises of support

2 signs that sb/sth will be successful
ADJECTIVE
considerable, enormous, great, real, tremendous

This new venture holds great promise for the future.

little
youthful (esp. BrE)
early, initial
future
VERB + PROMISE
hold, show
fulfil/fulfill, live up to

His career failed to live up to its early promise.

PREPOSITION
of promise

a pianist of promise

promise as

She showed great promise as a runner.

PHRASES
full of promise

The year began so full of promise, and ended in disappointment.

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verb
ADVERB
faithfully

She promised faithfully that she would come.

solemnly
initially, originally
repeatedly

He repeatedly promised to cut taxes in his campaign.

VERB + PROMISE
can

I can definitely promise you that I'll do all I can to help.

cannot

I can't promise I'll be there.

seem to

The plan seemed to promise a new beginning.

PREPOSITION
to

I've promised my old computer to Jane.

PHRASES
as promised

I am sending you information on hotels, as promised.

I can't promise anything

I can't promise anything, but I hope to have it finished next week.

Promise is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑authority, ↑manifesto
Promise is used with these nouns as the object: ↑aid, ↑assistance, ↑confidentiality, ↑crackdown, ↑reward, ↑shake-up

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  • Promise — Prom ise, v. i. [1913 Webster] 1. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration. [1913 Webster] 2. To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil. [1913 Webster] Will not the ladies… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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