promettre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French prometre, an early borrowing from Latin promitto, promittere, adapted to or based on French mettre.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pʁɔ.mɛtʁ/
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Verb[edit]

promettre

  1. to promise
    • 1856, Francis Linossier, Les mystères de Lyon, p. 181
      S'il ne dépend que de moi, je vous promets de vous y faire arriver promptement.
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    Je te promets que je te rendrai ton argent avant dimanche.I promise I'll give you your money back before Sunday.
    J'ai promis à mon père de ne rien dire à ma mère.I promised my dad not to tell my mom.
    1. (reflexive) to promise oneself
  2. (intransitive) to be promising, to be hopeful
    C'est une athlète qui promet.She is a promising athlete.
    Ça promet !That bodes well!
  3. (ditransitive reflexive) to hope (for)
    • 2018, Zaz, on s'en remet jamais
      Est-ce que tout ce que l'on se promet a pu se perdre dans un désert ? Ne reste-t-il que des poussières une fois que l'amour est absent.
      Could everything we hope for have been lost in a desert? Nothing but dust remains once the love is lost.
  4. (reflexive) to resolve (to)

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is conjugated like mettre. That means it is conjugated like battre except that its past participle is promis, not *promettu, and its past historic and imperfect subjunctive are formed with promi-, not *prometti-.

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French prometre, an early borrowing from Latin prōmittō, prōmittere (send forth; promise).

Verb[edit]

promettre

  1. (Jersey) to promise