promise (v.)
assure, declare [to], tell plainly
1H6 IV.i.174[Warwick to Richard] My lord of York, I promise you
MM III.i.179[disguised Duke to Provost, of Isabella] My mind promises with my habit no loss shall touch her by my company
R3 II.iii.2[Second Citizen to First Citizen, in response to 'Whither away so fast?'] I promise you, I scarcely know myself
RJ III.iv.6[Capulet to Paris] I promise you, but for your company, / I would have been abed an hour ago
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