promise

promise
I
n.
vow

1) to give, make a promise

2) to fulfill, keep a promise

3) to break, renege on, repudiate a promise

4) a broken; empty, hollow; rash; sacred, solemn promise

5) a campaign promise (politicians sometimes break campaign promises)

6) a promise to + inf. (she made a promise to write every week)

7) a promise that + clause (they kept their promise that the debt would be repaid promptly)

8) (misc.) to hold smb. to a promise

basis for hope

9) to show promise (the young boxer showed real promise)

10) of promise (a young boxer of promise)

II
v.

1) (A) he promised the book to me; or: he promised me the book

2) (E) she promised to return early; it promises to be an exciting year

3) (H; often used in neg. constructions) he promised me never to show up late again

4) (L; may have an object) he promised (me) that he would never show up late again

5) (misc.) (BE) I promise you ('I assure you')

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['prɒmɪs]
it promises to be an exciting year
keep a promise
make a promise
or: he promised me the book
renege on
repudiate a promise
solemn promise
(A) he promise d the book to me
(E) she promised to return early
(H; often used in neg. constructions) he promised me never to show up late again
(L; may have an object) he promised (me) that he would never show up late again
(misc.) to hold smb. to a promise
['vow'] to give
a broken
to break
to fulfill
(misc.) (BE) I promise you ('I assure you')
of promise (a young boxer of promise)
a campaign promise (politicians sometimes break campaign promises)
a promise to + inf. (she made a promise to write every week)
['basis for hope'] to show promise (the young boxer showed real promise)
a promise that + clause (they kept their promise that the debt would be repaid promptly)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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