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promise to

1. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that one will do something. You promised to cut the lawn today! Sorry, I can't come with you tonight. I promised to take my little sister to the movies.
2. To give one a solemn pledge or assurance that someone can have something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "promise" and "to" to specify what has been promised. Jenny promised her baseball card collection to me when she moves. I can't give this to you—I promised it to my nephew.
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promise something to someone

to pledge something to someone. I promised this vase to my niece. Is this book promised to anyone?
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References in classic literature ?
"Mamma, I have promised to explain everything to you one of these days; and I hope to do so but you have promised me, until that day, to be silent and to ask me no more questions whatever!"
The four travelers passed a sleepless night, each thinking of the gift Oz had promised to bestow on him.
"You promised to send me back to Kansas when the Wicked Witch was destroyed," said the girl.
"And you promised to give me brains," said the Scarecrow.
"And you promised to give me a heart," said the Tin Woodman.
"And you promised to give me courage," said the Cowardly Lion.
Of course I let them think so, because they were afraid of me, and promised to do anything I wished them to.
Anna Pavlovna smiled and promised to take Pierre in hand.
He laughed at my anxiety, but assured me there was no cause for it, and promised to attend to my advice.
When I wrote sternly and coldly, as I confess I frequently did at the last, he blamed my harshness, and said it was enough to scare him from his home: when I tried mild persuasion, he was a little more gentle in his replies, and promised to return; but I had learnt, at last, to disregard his promises.
"Fie upon it, Mr Nightingale!" said Jones, "do not call her by so ungenerous a name: when you promised to marry her she became your wife; and she hath sinned more against prudence than virtue.
Jones greatly approved the hint, and promised to pursue it.
Do you deny that you promised to many Miss Silvester privately at the Craig Fernie inn?"
"You deny that you have promised to marry Miss Silvester?"
But one friend comforted her at the last moment, and promised to be a mother to her child.