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    Promise - (a.) In general, a declaration, written or verbal, made by one person to another, which binds the person who makes it to do, or to forbear to do, a specified act; a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.
    Promise - (a.) An engagement by one person to another, either in words or in writing, but properly not under seal, for the performance or nonperformance of some particular thing. The word promise is used to denote the mere engagement of a person, without regard to the consideration for it, or the corresponding duty of the party to whom it is made.
    Promise - (a.) That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise.
    Promise - (a.) Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised.
    Promise - (v. t.) 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.
    Promise - (v. t.) To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
    Promise - (v. t.) 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.
    Promise - (v. i.) To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
    Promise - (v. i.) To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil.
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    Compromise - (n.) A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.
    Compromise - (n.) A settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement.
    Compromise - (n.) A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right.
    Compromised - (imp. & p. p.) of Compromise
    Compromise - (n.) To bind by mutual agreement; to agree.
    Compromise - (n.) To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
    Compromise - (n.) To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.
    Compromise - (v. i.) To agree; to accord.
    Compromise - (v. i.) To make concession for conciliation and peace.
    Compromiser - (n.) One who compromises.
    Forepromised - (a.) Promised beforehand; preengaged.
    Promised - (imp. & p. p.) of Promise
    Promisee - (n.) The person to whom a promise is made.
    Promiser - (n.) One who promises.
    Unpromise - (v. t.) To revoke or annul, as a promise.
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    Oxford: Definition:
    Promise - n. 1 assurance that one will or will not undertake a certain action etc. (promise of help). 2 sign of future achievements, good results, etc. (writer of great promise). v. (-sing) 1 (usu. Foll. By to + infin., or that + clause; also absol.) Make a promise (promise not to be late). 2 (often foll. By to + infin.) Seem likely (to) (promises to be a good book). 3 colloq. Assure (i promise you, it will not be easy). promise well (or ill etc.) Hold out good (or bad etc.) Prospects. [latin promissum from mitto miss- send]
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    Oxford: Definition: Similar or Containing
    Breach of promise - n. Breaking of a promise, esp. To marry.
    Compromise - n. 1 settlement of a dispute by mutual concession. 2 (often foll. By between) intermediate state between conflicting opinions, actions, etc. v. (-sing) 1 a settle a dispute by mutual concession. B modify one's opinions, demands, etc. 2 bring into disrepute or danger by indiscretion. [latin: related to *promise]
    Lick and a promise - n. Colloq. Hasty performance of a task, esp. Washing oneself.
    Promised land - n. (prec. By the) 1 bibl. Canaan (gen. 12:7 etc.). 2 any desired place, esp. Heaven.

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