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    #1

    discharge my promise

    John speaks to Fanny after he made to his father Mr Dashwood for distributing money to stepmother, his mother and sisters:

    John: Dearest, I mean to give them £3,000. The interest will provide them with a little extra income. Such a gift will certainly discharge my promise to my father.

    What does "discharge my promise" mean?
    Does it mean break the promise? My friend told it means complete the promise, I am confused

    Source: Sense and Sensibility 1995

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    Re: discharge my promise

    No, it means "to fulfill or honour his promise".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: discharge my promise

    Dictionaries, such as those at www.onelook. com are good places to sort out such confusion.

    Here is one example:



    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: discharge my promise

    Mike, Sense and Sensibility, the novel by Jane Austen, was written in 1811. In future questions about it, please quote that date rather than the date of any subsequent screen adaptations of the story. Please also mention Jane Austen's name in your citation – her descendants will appreciate it.

    I see you are asking similar questions on WordReference forums. That's fine, but please continue to refrain from asking the same questions both here and there.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-May-2020 at 09:06.

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    #5

    Re: discharge my promise

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hussey View Post
    John speaks to Fanny after he made to his father Mr Dashwood for distributing money to stepmother, his mother and sisters ….
    The underlined part seems to be missing something. I can't guess what you're trying to say.
    I am not a teacher.

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