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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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 Huskies blew a strong chance to score late in the second quarter, when a Zergiotis interception in the red zone ended a promising drive and sent his team to the break down by 10. Alex Putterman,, "UConn football falls short in final seconds, drops 31-24 heartbreaker to East Carolina," 23 Nov. 2019 The most promising scenarios called for a mix of in-field management like cover crops and subsurface fertilizer placement, and the use of buffer strips to help filter field runoff, according to a news release. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "OSU study finds farmers are reducing phosphorus into Lake Erie, but not fast enough," 21 Nov. 2019 Yes, China’s vast presence in Africa extends to the continent’s most promising start-up sector, too. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Everything you need to know about African fintech right now," 19 Nov. 2019 Deprived of opportunities to pass legislation, our most promising congressmen instead deliver speeches, write books and op-eds, and appear on television. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What Do Republican Voters Want?," 16 Nov. 2019 Lunch Nineteen-year-old Brooke Raboutou, adidas Terrex athlete and one of the most promising young climbers in the country, is lucky enough to travel the globe in search of new routes. Outside Online, "Adventure Local: Go Micro," 6 Nov. 2019 Just as troublesome, dating back a few games, are penalties that have torpedoed promising drives. oregonlive, "Oregon State center Nathan Eldridge friendly to former Arizona teammates, but says come Saturday, ‘there are no friends’," 29 Oct. 2019 The first American patents for voting machines were approved in the late 1800s, and the most promising had push buttons for each candidate, with locks behind the buttons to prevent voting for more than one. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.," 28 Oct. 2019 His pair of second-half interceptions ended promising drives by the Cougars. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "South Wolverines capture Alaska state football championship," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of promising

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Promising.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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