Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun promise

2 senses of promise

Sense 1
promise -- (a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future)
       => speech act -- (the use of language to perform some act)
       => commitment, dedication -- (a message that makes a pledge)

Sense 2
promise, hope -- (grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover")
       => expectation, outlook, prospect -- (belief about (or mental picture of) the future)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb promise

4 senses of promise

Sense 1
promise, assure -- (make a promise or commitment)
       => declare -- (state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with")

Sense 2
promise -- (promise to undertake or give; "I promise you my best effort")
       => declare -- (state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with")

Sense 3
predict, foretell, prognosticate, call, forebode, anticipate, promise -- (make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election")
       => guess, venture, pretend, hazard -- (put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong")

Sense 4
promise -- (give grounds for expectations; "The new results were promising"; "The results promised fame and glory")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

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