Commit vs. Promise

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  • Promise

    A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. As a noun promise means a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something. As a verb it means to commit oneself by a promise to do or give. It can also mean a capacity for good, similar to a value that is to be realized in the near future.In the law of contract, an exchange of promises is usually held to be legally enforceable, according to the Latin maxim pacta sunt servanda.

  • Commit (verb)

    To give in trust; to put into charge or keeping; to entrust; to consign; — used with to, unto.

  • Commit (verb)

    To put in charge of a jailer; to imprison.

  • Commit (verb)

    to have enter an establishment, such as a hospital or asylum, as a patient

    “Tony should be committed to a nuthouse!”

  • Commit (verb)

    To do (something bad); to perpetrate, as a crime, sin, or fault.

    “to commit murder”

    “to commit a series of heinous crimes”

  • Commit (verb)

    To join a contest; to match; followed by with.

  • Commit (verb)

    To pledge or bind; to compromise, expose, or endanger by some decisive act or preliminary step. (Traditionally used only reflexively but now also without oneself etc.)

    “to commit oneself to a certain action”

    “to commit to a relationship”

  • Commit (verb)

    To make a set of changes permanent.

  • Commit (verb)

    To confound.

  • Commit (verb)

    To commit an offence; especially, to fornicate.

  • Commit (verb)

    To be committed or perpetrated; to take place; to occur.

  • Commit (noun)

    The act of committing (e.g. a database transaction or source code into a source control repository), making it a permanent change.

  • Promise (noun)

    an oath or affirmation; a vow

    “if I make a promise, I always stick to it;”

    “he broke his promise”

  • Promise (noun)

    a transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his use

  • Promise (noun)

    reason to expect improvement or success; potential

    “She shows great promise as an actress.”

  • Promise (noun)

    a placeholder object representing the eventual result of an asynchronous operation


  • Promise (noun)

    bestowal or fulfillment of what is promised

  • Promise (verb)

    to commit to something or action; to make an oath; make a vow

    “If you promise not to tell anyone, I will let you have this cake for free.”

    “He promised to never return to this town again.”

    “She promised me a big kiss if I would drive her to the airport.”

    “I can’t promise success, but I’ll do the best I can.”

  • Promise (verb)

    to give grounds for expectation, especially of something good

    “The clouds promise rain.”

  • Promise (noun)

    a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen

    “I did not keep my promise to go home early”

    “what happened to all those firm promises of support?”

  • Promise (noun)

    an indication that something is likely to occur

    “dawn came with the promise of fine weather”

  • Promise (noun)

    the quality of potential excellence

    “he showed great promise even as a junior officer”

  • Promise (verb)

    assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen

    “she made him promise that he wouldn’t do it again”

    “he promised to forward my mail”

    “he promised her the job”

    “‘I’ll bring it straight back,’ she promised”

  • Promise (verb)

    pledge (someone, especially a woman) to marry someone else; betroth

    “I’ve been promised to him for years”

  • Promise (verb)

    give good grounds for expecting (a particular occurrence)

    “it promised to be a night that all would remember”

    “forthcoming concerts promise a feast of music”

  • Promise (verb)

    announce (something) as being expected to happen

    “we’re promised more winter weather tonight”

    “forecasters were promising a record snowfall in Boston”

  • Promise (verb)

    contemplate the pleasant expectation of

    “he tidied up the sitting room, promising himself an early night”

Oxford Dictionary

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