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

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Which means 2019 will be a good year for me, movie-wise, because already there are some genuinely, um, thrilling thrillers hitting theaters and streaming sites and the rest of the year looks even more promising. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best New Thriller Movies of 2019—So Far," 12 Mar. 2019 What the two graduation-versus-cash studies found The two newer studies also reach promising conclusions — and in particular find that the graduation model outperforms a simple one-off cash transfer. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Giving out cash is a great way to fight poverty. This approach might be even better.," 15 Oct. 2018 In the meantime, small unexpected pleasures can provide a boost — and the two new playgrounds are a promising start. John King,, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 June 2018 Jason Kreis and the club on Friday agreed to part ways despite a promising start to the 2018 campaign that included a club-record six-match win streak. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fires coach Jason Kreis amid six-game losing streak," 15 June 2018 But after a promising start, records show, the museum fell into trouble. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Sunday afternoon was not a promising start for the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals, as the Celtics had already dealt a devastating 36-18 blow by the end of the first quarter. John Pana,, ""The Cavs are unpredictable!" - Cleveland fans explain Game 1 blowout loss at Boston (video)," 13 May 2018 One full day in, the campaign was off to a promising start when its print materials were revealed to be directly lifted from an Obama administration Federal Trade Commission booklet. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "From ‘This Is America’ to ‘Is this a pigeon?’: It’s a thing," 8 May 2018 The Raptors have promising youth/role players in Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' focus goes beyond free agency, believe trade market 'could be better than ever'," 5 May 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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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