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verb [intransitive/transitive] promise pronunciation in American English /ˈprɑmɪs/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypromise
he/she/itpromises
present participlepromising
past tensepromised
past participlepromised
  1. 1
    to tell someone that you will definitely do something
    The police chief promised tougher action against young criminals.
    promise to do something: Peter wished he’d never promised to help them.
    promise someone (that): Promise me you’ll be home before dark.
    We always promised ourselves that we’d visit Hawaii one day.
    promise something to someone/promise someone something: Relief organizations are promising aid to the country.
    as promised (=in the way that had been promised): She phoned at 9 a.m., as promised.
    promise faithfully (=very strongly): Ellen promised faithfully not to open her present until her birthday.
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  2. 2
    formal to make it seem likely that something will happen
    This evening promises to be a lot of fun.

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