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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The technology’s potential to create vaccines for fighting epidemics is among its most promising applications. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "This Company Aims to Deliver DNA on Demand With Its Biological Fax Machine," 12 July 2018 Unlike Li, many of the most promising young Chinese players have trained with foreign coaches in their teenage years, which may accelerate their development and acclimatize them to the international nature of the sport. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Years After Retiring, Li Na Wields Major Influence in Tennis," 12 July 2018 Josh Johnson, one of the most promising young pitchers in Marlins history, had Tommy John surgery three times before giving up in 2017. Craig Davis,, "Teen Tommy John surgeries, youth sports injuries reach epidemic proportions," 28 June 2018 An old idea — using the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells, first proposed more than a century ago — has become one of the most promising approaches to treating cancer today. Ankur Parikh, STAT, "We need more answers about immunotherapy for the elderly," 22 June 2018 The most promising solution proposed will be backed with a $100,000 grant from Ford, AT&T, Dell, Microsoft, and the Knight Foundation, which are co-sponsoring the program. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "How would you fix Miami's traffic woes? There's $100,000 for the best idea," 13 June 2018 Some of the most promising research involves fecal transplantation — the introduction through colonoscopy, endoscopy or enema of a donor stool. Fortune, "Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick," 12 June 2018 This dynamism and recognition of a fluid ecosystem is potentially EcoCast’s most promising feature, says Heidi Taylor, a fisheries manager from NOAA who works with the DGN fishery. Larisa Bennett, Smithsonian, "Smart Software Helps Fishermen Catch the Fish They Want, Not Endangered Species," 6 June 2018 The most promising experimental Ebola vaccine was accelerated to production and tested late in the West Africa outbreak. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Fear and failure: How Ebola sparked a global health revolution," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of promising

1594, in the meaning defined above

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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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