promise (

     n 1: a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do
          (or not to do) something in the future
     2: grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is
        little or no promise that he will recover" [syn: hope]
     v 1: make a promise or commitment [syn: assure]
     2: promise to undertake or give; "I promise you my best effort"
     3: make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome
        of an election" [syn: predict, foretell, prognosticate,
         call, forebode, anticipate]
     4: give grounds for expectations; "The new results were
        promising"; "The results promised fame and glory"