1(pledge)promesa femininehe made a promise that he would return — prometió que volvería
- I'll see what I can do, but I can't make any promises — veré lo que puedo hacer, pero no puedo prometer nada
- to keep one's promise — cumplir (con) su (or mi etc.) promesa
- you broke your promise — no cumpliste (con) tu promesa
- Who is going to be taken in by promises or assurances in election time?
- Most important, information exchange in the private sector is regulated by contract law, and firms that break their promises can pay a price.
- A solemn promise was also made at the end.
- We will not hand over our consciences in return for a hollow promise of safety.
- Later, corruption and broken election promises are almost certain.
- Vague promises of unspecified future salvation just don't cut it in today's market.
- The Government has angered tenant farmers by not keeping a pre-election promise to introduce a retirement scheme.
- The people nurse deep alienation with the political system and cynicism about the democratic process due to their sad experience of broken promises and forgotten assurances.
- The promise of the reward was too much of an enticement for the migrant workers to resist.
- Despite promises of support for people who say they cannot afford to pay tuition fees, the Government has still been accused of pricing higher education out of many people's reach.
- With the clock ticking, regeneration bosses have reiterated promises of support to help inexperienced organisations draw up strong applications to access the funds.
- Having to see him and listen to him make empty promises makes me so sad.
- We have been hearing the same promises and assurances for more than 10 years now.
- However, they insist that the government's promises have been broken.
- Like many others, he was lured away by promises of a richer life.
- Unfortunately, the international community does not always back up their generous promises of help with firm commitments.
- All the promises, all the assurances, were broken.
- It has failed to receive firm guarantees or promises from either side.
- Educated and ambitious, they are lured here by the promise of material acquisition.
- He ruined her with his empty, broken promises and his declarations of imaginary friendship.
2(grounds for hope)his work was full of / showed a lot of promise — su trabajo prometía mucho / era muy prometedor
- a runner who shows promise — un corredor prometedor
- the discovery held out the promise of an eventual cure — el descubrimiento daba esperanzas de que se llegaría a encontrar una cura
- he didn't live up to his early promise — no estuvo a la altura de lo que prometía en un comienzo / de lo que se esperaba de él
1(pledge)prometerto promise sb sth, to promise sth to sb — prometerle algo a algn
- they got the money promised them — recibieron el dinero (que les habían) prometido
- he promised himself a holiday — se prometió tomarse unas vacaciones
- they have been promised help — se les ha prometido ayuda
- she promised them (that) she wouldn't tell anybody — les prometió que no se lo diría a nadie
- I promised myself (that) I wouldn't let it happen again — me hice el firme propósito de que no volvería a suceder
- to promise to + inf — prometer + inf/ prometer que + ind
- he promised to write every day — prometió escribir / que escribiría todos los días
- promise not to tell anybody! — prométeme que no se lo dirás a nadie
- the Promised Land — la Tierra Prometida / de Promisión
- The president promised to abolish emergency laws and create an electoral system where all parties have a chance to participate.
- The Labour manifesto also promised a review of the postal services act.
- He had also promised not to tell his parents.
- The reduction in my expenses in a certain way was something that I definitely promised to do if I got this money.
- "He won't hurt you, " Ally promised with a smile.
- The government has already promised to have 25,000 officers in place by 2008.
- The Federal Government is promising to ‘reduce significantly’ the problem of family benefit overpayments.
- He pointed out that many governments have promised to abolish it but nothing has happened to date.
- You'll notice I'm not suggesting anyone should promise to lose weight, spend more time with loved ones, write a book or phone mother more often.
- Politicians promise what they want, not what they can do.
- The government promises to keep up its side of the bargain only if the defendant cooperates.
- Magazines base their ad rates on how many eyes they can promise to deliver.
- It has therefore been necessary to redefine what was meant by the job they promised to complete.
- I'm not promising we'll win it, but I can assure all the supporters that we're determined to give it our best shot.
- He had left his job and had promised in his resignation letter to repay all the money.
- After an assessment, these advisors promise to deliver strategic suggestions to move your career to the next level.
- Bosses have promised to find alternative jobs within the company for as many people as possible.
- An inspector arrived later and promised to have the job done last Friday.
- I definitely don't promise to stop hoping that you'll bury the hatchet already.
- For the unemployed, he is promising to create 200,000 jobs a year.
2(give indication of)prometerit promises to be an exciting week — promete ser una semana emocionante
- The tandoori food festival promises the most delectable of your favourite cuisine.
- Mr Holland said that he was looking forward to what promised to be the best festival yet.
- Each merger promised to deliver bigger and better results for both customers and shareholders.
- The forthcoming concert promises to be entertaining and varied, with music from all styles and genres.
- Last year a record number of 20,000 spectators enjoyed the show and this year's ‘Green is Clean’ theme promises an even better event.
- A three-day extravaganza, this festival promises something for everyone.
- This play promises a surprise finale that will shock not only the audience, but the actors as well.
- The election is already promising to be a turning point in Italian politics.
- NW Chamber Orchestra's first concert promises an exciting new season
- For the profession it promises the most radical change they have faced, with talk of 24-hour cover, extended working hours and new grades of consultant.
- The crackdown is not aimed at organised firework shows and tonight promises a feast of spectacular events.
- Even more than the transfer of power at the top of the party, this change promises fundamental transformation of the political order itself.
- So with that kind of forward power it promises to be an afternoon's hard work ahead.
1prometer(swear) jurarI did, I promise! — ¡lo hice, te lo juro!
- I won't laugh, I promise — no me voy a reír, te lo prometo
- but you promised! — ¡pero si me (or nos etc.) lo prometiste!