prom·​is·​ing | \ ˈprä-mə-siŋ How to pronounce promising (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Golden Eagles have one of the more promising young running backs in the country with Frank Gore Jr., son of Miami and NFL legend Frank Gore. Evan Dudley, al, 14 Oct. 2021 Every year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund celebrates the industry’s most promising talents. Ian Malone, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 Elite Eight team, plus a recruiting/transfer class with promising talent. oregonlive, 14 Oct. 2021 The rookie defensive end pulled his right hamstring early in the Indianapolis loss to the Titans, leaving the Colts without a promising starter who showed plenty of potential in the preseason. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Oct. 2021 The most promising prospect materialized in Baltimore, where a hotel magnate named Stewart Bainum Jr. expressed interest in the Sun. Mckay Coppins, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 Cain was one of the world's most promising distance runners, winning the 3,000-meter world junior championship in 2014. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 The antiviral pill molnupiravir showed promising trial results. USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 But then 90 minutes before kickoff, it was determined that fellow cornerback Marco Wilson, Arizona’s promising young rookie, wouldn’t be able to play either because of a similar injury. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 13 Oct. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Promising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of promising

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


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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