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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All keepers do this to some extent, but the trait is particularly pronounced with him—a relic of his days as a promising junior tennis player. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 An autopsy performed by the Mayo Clinic determined that the promising young player had Stage 1 CTE. Chuck Schilken,, "Autopsy reveals Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE when he committed suicide, his parents say," 26 June 2018 At 14, a lot of promising young tennis players would be playing at big academies. Mike Persak,, "Delray's Coco Gauff, 14, stays grounded with family after winning French Open girls' title," 21 June 2018 Many promising young players sign contracts with clubs whose finances depend on buying and selling those contracts in an international market. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "How Not to Scout for Soccer Talent," 14 June 2018 Arrieta finished the inning, and his outing, which started so promising, was suddenly over. Matt Breen,, "Jake Arrieta blasts Phillies' defensive shifts after loss to Giants," 3 June 2018 Well the backlash is a very interesting story –– how a drug that had been regarded as so promising and the subject of so much encouraging research that the culture, almost on a dime, should turn against it, is a very interesting episode. Hope Reese, Longreads, "‘I Was a Storm of Confetti’: Michael Pollan On Why It’s a Good Idea To Lose Your Self," 30 May 2018 Larkin made the Wings at 19, was a 20-goal scorer in his rookie season, and has emerged as their most promising young player, and a leader. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings hit jackpot in 2014 NHL draft with Dylan Larkin," 18 May 2018 On the other hand, Quintana has promising junior varsity players like Gabby Vasquez and Arleen Rodriguez that already have varsity experience. Alvaro Montaño, Houston Chronicle, "Northwest Houston area girl teams wrap up soccer season," 16 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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