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Pronunciation of Promises: Learn how to pronounce Promises in English correctly

Learn how to say Promises correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word promise:

1a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen:
what happened to all those firm promises of support?
[with infinitive]:
I did not keep my promise to go home early
[in singular] an indication that something is likely to occur:
dawn came with the promise of fine weather
2 [mass noun] the quality of potential excellence:
he showed great promise even as a junior officer
1 [reporting verb] assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen:
[with infinitive]:
he promised to forward my mail
[with clause]:
she made him promise that he wouldn’t do it again
[with direct speech]:
‘I’ll bring it straight back,’ she promised
[with two objects]:
he promised her the job
[with object] archaic pledge (someone, especially a woman) to marry someone else; betroth:
I’ve been promised to him for years
2 [with object] give good grounds for expecting (a particular occurrence):
forthcoming concerts promise a feast of music
[with infinitive]:
it promised to be a night that all would remember
announce (something) as being expected to happen:
forecasters were promising a record snowfall in Boston
[with two objects]:
we’re promised more winter weather tonight
(promise oneself) contemplate the pleasant expectation of:
he tidied up the sitting room, promising himself an early night

I promise (or I promise you)

informal used for emphasis, especially so as to reassure, encourage, or threaten someone:
oh, I’m not joking, I promise you
on a promise

informal confidently assured of something, especially of having sexual intercourse:
a shop where Tom and I are on a promise with the girls serving there
promise (someone) the earth (or moon)

make extravagant promises to someone that are unlikely to be fulfilled:
interactive technology titillates, promises the earth but delivers nothing
promises, promises

informal used to indicate that the speaker is sceptical about someone’s stated intention to do something.