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noun     promise pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a statement in which you say that something will definitely happen, or you will definitely do something
    promise to:

    Audrey remembered her promise to her father that she would work harder.

    make/give a promise:

    I’ll try, but I’m not making any promises!

    a promise to do something:

    You made a promise to deal with it immediately.

    keep a promise:

    He swore he would return one day, and he kept his promise.

    break a promise:

    The army broke its promise to return the country to civilian rule.

    1. a.
      formal a strong suggestion that something will happen or be given
      promise of:

      The promise of permanent employment is almost nonexistent today.

      Settlers supported the king in return for the promise of land.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] signs that someone or something is likely to be successful in the future

    Life was hopeful and full of promise.

    Her invention failed to fulfill its initial promise.

    show promise:

    He shows great promise as an interpreter.

    1. a.
      literary a sign that something is likely to happen
      promise of:

      the promise of an early spring

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