to tell sb that you will definitely do or not do sth, or that sth will definitely happen
The college principal promised to look into the matter.
‘Promise not to tell anyone!’ ‘I promise.’
They arrived at 7.30 as they had promised .
The government has promised a full investigation into the disaster.
I'll see what I can do but I can't promise anything .
The brochure promised (that) the local food would be superb.
You promised me (that) you'd be home early tonight.
He promised the money to his grandchildren.
He promised his grandchildren the money.
I've promised myself some fun when the exams are over.
‘I'll be back soon,’ she promised.
to make sth seem likely to happen; to show signs of sth
It promises to be an exciting few days.
There were dark clouds overhead promising rain.
used as a way of encouraging or warning sb about sth
I can promise you, you'll have a wonderful time.
If you don't take my advice, you'll regret it, I promise you.
to make promises that will be impossible to keep
the act of performing a task quickly and carelessly, especially of washing or cleaning sth quickly
a statement that tells sb that you will definitely do or not do sth
许下 / 信守 / 违背诺言
to make/keep/break a promise
She kept her promise to visit her aunt regularly.
The government failed to keep its promise of lower taxes.
Do I have your promise that you won't tell anyone about this?
You haven't gone back on your promise, have you?
a sign that sb/sth will be successful
Her work shows great promise .
He failed to fulfil his early promise .
Their future was full of promise .
a sign, or a reason for hope that sth may happen, especially sth good
The day dawned bright and clear, with the promise of warm, sunny weather.