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Noun promise has 2 senses
  1. promise - a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    --1 is a kind of
    speech act; commitment, dedication
    --1 has particulars:
     oath; parole, word, word of honor; betrothal, troth, engagement; pinning; rain check
    Derived forms: verb promise2, verb promise1
  2. promise, hope - grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover"
    --2 is a kind of expectation, outlook, prospect
    --2 has particulars: rainbow
    Derived forms: verb promise4, verb promise2
Verb promise has 4 senses
  1. promise, assure - make a promise or commitment
    --1 is one way to declare
    Derived forms: noun promiser1, noun promise1, noun promisee1, noun promisor1
    Sample sentence:
    They promise him to write the letter
  2. promise - promise to undertake or give; "I promise you my best effort"
    --2 is one way to
    Derived forms: noun promise1, noun promise2, noun promisee1, noun promisor1
    Sample sentences:
    They promise the money to them
    They promise them the money
  3. predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise - make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election"
    --3 is one way to guess, venture, pretend, hazard
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  4. promise - give grounds for expectations; "The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory"
    --4 is one way to
    Derived form: noun promise2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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