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 But the company terminated them at the end of last year, quietly ending a significant exploration project here to focus on a more promising venture in Nevada. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Notion of gold rush in northern Minnesota hits setback," 22 Oct. 2020 Stéphane Bancel, chief executive of Moderna Inc., said Monday that the federal government could grant emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in December, assuming the company gets promising data from its Phase 3 trial in November. TheWeek, "Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in December," 20 Oct. 2020 So what could make this season a more promising one for Coppell? Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Coppell’s Ryan Walker is crushing his 2019 numbers. Here’s why he could lead the Cowboys to a bounce-back season," 19 Oct. 2020 And while Lamont’s Phase 3 reopening plan earlier this month seemed promising to performing arts centers and music venues, few were able to capitalize on it. Michael Hamad,, "Struggling Connecticut nonprofit arts organizations can apply for relief funds between $5,000 and $750,000," 19 Oct. 2020 With injury questions on the interior of the defensive line, big shoes to fill in the secondary and promising young talent at receiver, that document release will carry some intrigue on the eve of the opener against Nebraska. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Looking inside Ohio State football’s season-opening depth chart for 2020," 15 Oct. 2020 Harrison, though, is in a much more promising position than O’Rourke was. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Can Jamie Harrison's stunning $57M three-month haul win him the election?," 13 Oct. 2020 The halts illustrate the ups and downs that typically characterize the testing of promising but unproven therapies and vaccines. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "J&J Hopes Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Will Restart Shortly," 13 Oct. 2020 No need to ask him about motivating factors, or about the fear of being benched for the younger, potentially more promising quarterback. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins fans should quit waiting for Ryan Fitzpatrick to fail and just enjoy the ride | Commentary," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Promising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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