Wednesday, January 23, 2008


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.


NOUN: 1a. A declaration assuring that one will or will not do something; a vow. b. Something promised. 2. Indication of something favorable to come; expectation: a promise of spring in the air. 3. Indication of future excellence or success: a player of great promise.
VERB: Inflected forms: prom·ised, prom·is·ing, prom·is·es
TRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To commit oneself by a promise to do or give; pledge: left but promised to return. 2. To afford a basis for expecting: thunderclouds that promise rain.
INTRANSITIVE VERB: 1. To make a declaration assuring that something will or will not be done. 2. To afford a basis for expectation: an enterprise that promises well.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English promis, from Old French promise, from Medieval Latin prmissa, alteration of Latin prmissum, from neuter past participle of prmittere, to send forth, promise : pr-, forth; see pro–1 + mittere, to send.
OTHER FORMS: promis·er —NOUN
SYNONYMS: promise, pledge, swear, vow1 These verbs mean to declare solemnly that one will follow a particular course of action: promises to write soon; pledged to uphold the law; swore to get revenge; vowed to fight to the finish.

What did you promise your community you would do? What did you promise your mate that you would do? What did you promise your children you would do?

Stand by your word.


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