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promise


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Promise  \Prom"ise\,  a.  [F.  promesse  L.  promissum  fr 
  promittere  promissum  to  put  forth,  foretell,  promise;  pro 
  forward,  for  +  mittere  to  send  See  {Mission}.  ] 
  1.  In  general,  a  declaration,  written  or  verbal,  made  by  one 
  person  to  another,  which  binds  the  person  who  makes  it  to 
  do  or  to  forbear  to  do  a  specified  act  a  declaration 
  which  gives  to  the  person  to  whom  it  is  made  a  right  to 
  expect  or  to  claim  the  performance  or  forbearance  of  a 
  specified  act 
 
  For  if  the  inheritance  be  of  the  law,  it  is  no  more 
  of  promise:  but  God  gave  it  to  Abraham  by  promise. 
  --Gal.  iii. 
  18. 
 
  2.  (Law)  An  engagement  by  one  person  to  another,  either  in 
  words  or  in  writing,  but  properly  not  under  seal,  for  the 
  performance  or  nonperformance  of  some  particular  thing 
  The  word  promise  is  used  to  denote  the  mere  engagement  of 
  a  person,  without  regard  to  the  consideration  for  it  or 
  the  corresponding  duty  of  the  party  to  whom  it  is  made 
  --Chitty.  Parsons.  Burrill 
 
  3.  That  which  causes  hope,  expectation,  or  assurance; 
  especially,  that  which  affords  expectation  of  future 
  distinction;  as  a  youth  of  great  promise.  --Shak. 
 
  My  native  country  was  full  of  youthful  promise.  --W. 
  Irving. 
 
  4.  Bestowal,  fulfillment,  or  grant  of  what  is  promised. 
 
  He  .  .  .  commanded  them  that  they  should  not  depart 
  from  Jerusalem,  but  wait  for  the  promise  of  the 
  Father.  --Acts  i.  4. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Promise  \Prom"ise\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Promised};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Promising}.] 
  1.  To  engage  to  do  give  make  or  to  refrain  from  doing 
  giving,  or  making,  or  the  like  to  covenant;  to  engage; 
  as  to  promise  a  visit;  to  promise  a  cessation  of 
  hostilities;  to  promise  the  payment  of  money.  ``To  promise 
  aid.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  afford  reason  to  expect;  to  cause  hope  or  assurance  of 
  as  the  clouds  promise  rain.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  make  declaration  of  or  give  assurance  of  as  some 
  benefit  to  be  conferred;  to  pledge  or  engage  to  bestow; 
  as  the  proprietors  promised  large  tracts  of  land;  the 
  city  promised  a  reward. 
 
  {Promised  land}.  See  {Land  of  promise},  under  {Land}. 
 
  {To  promise  one's  self}. 
  a  To  resolve;  to  determine;  to  vow. 
  b  To  be  assured;  to  have  strong  confidence. 
 
  I  dare  promise  myself  you  will  attest  the  truth 
  of  all  I  have  advanced.  --Rambler. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Promise  \Prom"ise\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  give  assurance  by  a  promise,  or  binding  declaration. 
 
  2.  To  afford  hopes  or  expectation;  to  give  ground  to  expect 
  good;  rarely,  to  give  reason  to  expect  evil. 
 
  Will  not  the  ladies  be  afeard  of  the  lion?  I  fear 
  it  I  promise  you  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  promise 
  n  1:  a  verbal  commitment  by  one  person  to  another  agreeing  to  do 
  (or  not  to  do)  something  in  the  future 
  2:  grounds  for  feeling  hopeful  about  the  future;  "there  is 
  little  or  no  promise  that  he  will  recover"  [syn:  {hope}] 
  v  1:  make  a  promise  or  commitment  [syn:  {assure}] 
  2:  promise  to  undertake  or  give  "I  promise  you  my  best  effort" 
  3:  make  a  prediction  about  tell  in  advance;  "Call  the  outcome 
  of  an  election"  [syn:  {predict},  {foretell},  {prognosticate}, 
  {call},  {forebode},  {anticipate}] 
  4:  give  grounds  for  expectations;  "The  new  results  were 
  promising";  "The  results  promised  fame  and  glory" 




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