Prom·ise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Promised p. pr. & vb. n. Promising.]
1. To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing, giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage; as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of hostilities; to promise the payment of money. “To promise aid.”
2. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
3. To make declaration of or give assurance of, as some benefit to be conferred; to pledge or engage to bestow; as, the proprietors promised large tracts of land; the city promised a reward.
Promised land. See Land of promise, under Land.
To promise one's self. (a) To resolve; to determine; to vow. (b) To be assured; to have strong confidence.
I dare promise myself you will attest the truth of all I have advanced. --Rambler.
Prom·is·ing, a. Making a promise or promises; affording hope or assurance; as, promising person; a promising day. -- Prom*is*ing*ly, adv.
adj 1: showing possibility of achievement or excellence; "a
promising young man"
2: full or promise; "had a bright future in publishing"; "the
scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political
career" [syn: bright]