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noun promise pronunciation in British English /ˈprɒmɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a statement in which you say that something will definitely happen, or you will definitely do something
    the party’s election promises
    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 non-existent 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 fulfil its initial promise.
    show promise: He shows great promise as an interpreter.
    hold promise: This technology holds considerable promise for improving inner city living conditions.
    1. a.
      literary a sign that something is likely to happen
      promise of: the promise of an early spring

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