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Definition of promise:

  1. To assure by a binding declaration; to engage or undertake to do, or not to do; to afford hopes or expectation.
  2. Word pledged; a declaration or engagement, more or less formal, to another; hopes; expectation.


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Usage examples:

  • Will you promise me to come?

    - "One Maid's Mischief", George Manville Fenn.
  • " I promise," Olga said.

    - "The Keeper of the Door", Ethel M. Dell.
  • But I promise not to do it again."

    - "The Short Cut", Jackson Gregory.