promising

adjective
prom·​is·​ing | \ ˈprä-mə-siŋ \

Definition of promising

: full of promise : likely to succeed or to yield good results a promising new medicine

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Other Words from promising

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

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Liquid eyeshadow is one of those products that always look so promising in the packaging. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Love This Eyeshadow So Much I Almost Don't Want to Tell People About It," 20 Dec. 2018 Casting Momoa, who was so riveting as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones' first season, was an inspired choice, and the initial artwork showing an Aquaman reimagined for the 21st century looked promising. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Hang on to your magical tridents, the final Aquaman trailer is here," 20 Nov. 2018 Nonetheless, the secondary should be in good hands this year if no long-term injuries are sustained, and the future looks promising, too, with Nunn, Halid Djibril and Tyrese Ross. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Projecting the 2018 Washington State football depth chart," 19 Aug. 2018 Rich and powerful men across many different industries have taken advantage of girls and women by either promising or creating scenarios where professional advancement is a possibility. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Butler was sent to Philadelphia in a package that brought Robert Covington and Dario Saric, two promising players who’ve fit relatively well in the rotation. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau," 7 Jan. 2019 The bedding brand has developed a cult-following, receiving especially promising reviews. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Should Know Before Buying Brooklinen Bedding," 11 Dec. 2018 The school's formula of six hour days, smaller class sizes of 25 children per class, and degree level teachers has heeded promising results. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Supports Ethiopian School in Children's Education Initiative," 29 Nov. 2018 Take a ride on the New York City subway and you’ll be bombarded with ads for direct-to-consumer luggage brands promising to make our lives easier, smoother (literally, with four wheels instead of two), and more stylish. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of promising

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of promising was in 1594

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promising

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of promising

: likely to succeed or to be good : full of promise

promising

adjective
prom·​is·​ing | \ ˈprä-mə-siŋ\

Kids Definition of promising

: likely to turn out well or be good a promising start

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