I have to state, acknowledge, or confess, according to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. I have to say/admit/confessspoken in order to demonstrate that you are making an honest statement, even if it is humiliating for you. I must confess that I know nothing about computers.
To accept (something) implies to recognize its truth or existence (something). He hesitantly acknowledged that he knew her. He accepted his mistake. She didn't believe him at first, but later she admitted he was right.
One may argue that the phrase "speak what you mean and mean what you say" comes from the Bible. "Thou Shalt Not Lie" is one of the ten commandments. You are talking a falsehood if you say something you do not mean. That is the ultimate definition of deception! Many of the horrors that have transpired throughout history have been caused by dishonesty. For example, the Nazis murdered millions of people during their quest to create a master race. The Soviets killed even more during their reign of terror after they defeated Hitler. Today, there are still many countries where lying is used as a political tool. For example, there is no such thing as "separation of church and state" in any official document of the United States.
In addition, speaking what you mean and meaning what you say helps to avoid conflict between people. If you say you want someone to get hurt but really you want them to know that they are hated, it becomes difficult to explain why you would ever need them to go away. Even if they don't understand your reason for saying these things, at least they will know how you feel about them.
Finally, speaking what you mean and meaning what you say is important for keeping trust between people. If I tell you that I will do something and then don't, it is very unlikely that we will be able to maintain a good relationship. However, if I say that I will do something and then do it, you can usually trust that I meant what I said earlier.
(someone) convinced of something's genuineness or inevitability (often in the form of the phrase "I promise you," used to emphasize a statement). I guarantee there will be problems. = I am sure that there will be difficulties.
He promised he would call and didn't. So she wasn't too worried about him not showing up at the party. = She was not afraid that her husband wouldn't come to the party.
I promise you won't regret it. = I know you will like it here.
He made me promise not to tell anyone we're moving in together. = He wants this affair between us kept private.
She told me not to worry, that she would take care of everything. So I didn't worry about the sale of my house. = I did not worry about her finding another owner for my house.
I promise you'll love it here. = I know you will enjoy living here.
He made me swear not to tell anyone about his being here. = He does not want anyone to know that he is staying at my place.
I promise I'll get them done by tomorrow. = I agree that they need to be finished by tomorrow.
Openly and freely expressed or admitted opinion, belief, or attitude; professedly: a professed pacifist; a professed atheist.
Professing to be a friend of labor, he cheated them of their wages. - Abraham Lincoln
Professing to be wise, they made themselves fools. - Jesus Christ
Professing to be gods, they corrupted humanity.
Professing to be sons of God, they became demons.
Nothing about them is genuine; everything about them is false.
They taught what they wanted people to believe about them.
They claimed to have supernatural powers. - but they were really impostors who performed magical tricks before the eyes of the crowd.
They threatened eternal punishment for anyone who dared to criticize them.
They used the power of their position to steal money and property from those who opposed them.
Their goal was to control everyone around them through fear and intimidation.
1—used to beg that someone not provide information so that one can guess what it is. "I know the solution," but please don't tell me.
I pledge loyalty to vow to give. He swore his allegiance to secrecy. 3: to provide as a guarantee of a promise (as of repayment of a loan).
Pledging means making a commitment. When you pledge your support for something, you are saying that you will stand by it until it succeeds or fails. You are also promising to be responsible for any failure. In science labs at school, researchers often pledge not to discuss their experiments with others until they have completed them. This way, no one knows what they are working on and they don't get distracted by other possibilities. Scientists usually follow through on these pledges by keeping their findings to themselves until the work is done and published in a journal article or book.
Pledges can be made to ideas, projects, or people. If you pledge your support to someone's idea, project, or plan, you are saying that you believe it will succeed and you are willing to help it reach its goal.
Pledges are used in politics, business, and society at large. For example, when politicians make promises during elections, they are pledging their support to see which program or proposal gets put into action if they are elected. Businesses use pledges to attract customers or employees.
1. to be given the chance to express one's thoughts regarding something. I'm going to talk now. You can speak up afterwards!
2. to have an opinion on; vote for. He's been voted president by his class.
3. to represent; go before a court and give evidence of what has happened. The police said that they would like to hear from anyone who was around at the time of the accident. They asked that anyone with information should contact them immediately.
4. to declare openly; admit. He admitted that he had lied about being in Boston when it happened.
5. to take part in; contribute. The soldiers' efforts were said to have contributed greatly to the victory.
6. to cause; bring about. His death was said to have been a result of self-destruction.
7. to serve as a precedent for others. The case is being used as a basis for changing the law in other countries too.
8. to have an influence on; be relevant to. The government said that the bill would have an impact on foreign policy.
9. to cause to happen; bring about.