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Give one’s word


Ardent promise. To give one’s word is to pledge to keep a secret or a promise. ‘Word’ is used in the sense of one’s moral commitment. (Compare to Swear by or Keep one’ word.)

“I told dad if I could borrow the car tomorrow night, I give my word to return before midnight and he said OK.”

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