prom·​is·​ing ˈprä-mə-siŋ How to pronounce promising (audio)
: full of promise : likely to succeed or to yield good results
a promising new medicine
promisingly adverb

Examples of promising in a Sentence

The neighborhood didn't look very promising. a promising writer who just may write the great American novel someday
Recent Examples on the Web Instead The first—and the most promising—hack was to use a Beautyblender-style makeup sponge to apply sunscreen. Melanie Curry, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 The ability to access a healthy amount of hydroelectricity this summer looks promising, due to a second straight year of above-average rain and snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2024 If any of the promising data points about the job market were to sour then young people might start to sour on the economy, Guichard says. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 29 May 2024 Despite the promising start, Tromelin Island’s seabirds still face the same threats that imperil seabirds worldwide: They can be caught accidentally in commercial fisheries, plus overfishing and changing ocean conditions rob them of food. Ethan Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for promising 

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of promising was in 1594

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“Promising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: likely to turn out well
a promising student

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