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Promise, subst. 1) a declaration by which a person binds himself to do something: Ven. 85. Tp. IV, 41. Wiv. III, 5, 43. Mids. V, 174. Merch. II, 7, 6. III, 2, 207 “(if p. last).” As IV, 1, 43. IV, 3, 100. H4A III, 1, 1. H4B I, 3, 28. H6A I, 6, 6. H6B I, 4, 2. R3 IV, 2, 91. Cymb. I, 6, 202 etc. etc. With for (== concerning): “the p. for her heavenly picture,” Gent. IV, 4, 92. “your p. for the earldom,” R3 IV, 2, 105. With of (objectively): Wiv. II, 2, 217. Meas. III, 1, 275. III, 2, 260. All's III, 6, 30. H4B I, 3, 28. H6C II, 1, 134. III, 1, 51 etc. With to: “your breach of p. to the Porpentine,” Err. IV, 1, 49 (== to come to the P.). “it is our part and p. to the Athenians,” Tim. V, 1, 123 (== made to). With an infinitive: Meas. IV, 1, 34. Merch. III, 2, 208. Cymb. I, 6, 202. “to break p.” As IV, 1, 44. As IV, 1, 44 IV, 3, 155. Tw. II, 3, 137 “(with).” Mcb. V, 8, 22. to claim a p. (== to request its fulfilment) Gent. IV, 4, 92. R3 III, 1, 197. “to give p.” Meas. III, 1, 275. to hold p. H5 II Prol. 29. “to keep p.” Mids. I, 1, 179. Merch. II, 3, 20. As I, 2, 255. IV, 1, 200. Tw. V, 106 “(with).” H4A III, 2, 168. Mcb. V, 8, 21. “to make p.” Wiv. IV, 6, 34. Meas. IV, 1, 34. Cor. III, 3, 86. Caes. II, 1, 56. Hml. I, 3, 119. “to pass one's p.” Tit. I, 469. cf. Caes. II, 1, 140.
2) expectation raised: “he hath borne himself beyond the p. of his age,” Ado I, 1, 14. “you have exceeded all p.” As I, 2, 256. “nothing of that wonderful p.” Tw. III, 4, 290. “a gentleman of the greatest p.” Wint. I, 1, 39. “the p. of his greener days,” H5 II, 4, 136. “make gallant show and p. of their mettle,” Caes. IV, 2, 24.
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