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Definition 1: grounds for feeling hopeful about the future - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where promise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is little or no promise that he will recover

Synonyms for promise in the sense of this definition

(promise is a kind of ...) belief about (or mental picture of) the future

(... is a kind of promise ) an illusory hope

"chasing rainbows"

Definition 2: a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future - [noun denoting communication]

(promise is a kind of ...) a message that makes a pledge

(promise is a kind of ...) the use of language to perform some act

(... is a kind of promise ) a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior

"they took an oath of allegiance"

(... is a kind of promise ) a promise

"he gave his word"

(... is a kind of promise ) a mutual promise to marry

(... is a kind of promise ) a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin

(... is a kind of promise ) a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future

Definition 3: make a promise or commitment - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for promise in the sense of this definition

(promise is a kind of ...) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

(... is a kind of promise ) promise solemnly and formally

"I pledge that I will honor my wife"

(... is a kind of promise ) promise to abstain from

"I have sworn off cigarettes altogether"

(... is a kind of promise ) enter into a contractual arrangement

(... is a kind of promise ) promise to do or accomplish

"guarantee to free the prisoners"

Definition 4: promise to undertake or give - [verb of communication]

Samples where promise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I promise you my best effort

(promise is a kind of ...) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

Definition 5: make a prediction about; tell in advance - [verb of communication]

Samples where promise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Call the outcome of an election

Synonyms for promise in the sense of this definition

(promise is a kind of ...) put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again" "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

(... is a kind of promise ) interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior

"She read the sky and predicted rain" "I can't read his strange behavior" "The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball"

(... is a kind of promise ) attempt to anticipate or predict

(... is a kind of promise ) predict from an omen

(... is a kind of promise ) maintain with or as if with a bet

"I bet she will be there!"

(... is a kind of promise ) predict in advance

(... is a kind of promise ) predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

Definition 6: give grounds for expectations - [verb of stative]

Samples where promise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The new results were promising
  • The results promised fame and glory

(promise is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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