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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This strikes you as a more promising starting point than permanently linking perpetrator and act, as banishment does. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Notes on Cancel Culture," 1 July 2019 Led by a breakthrough season from Fulshear, smaller schools on the west side of Houston filled much of the all-District 25-4A first team after productive and promising seasons. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fulshear, Needville, Royal, Stafford earn all-District 25-4A baseball honors," 1 July 2019 This raises a new and promising line of inquiry: What if the nickname came not from anybody going over the bridge, but from people passing under it?, "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 The pictures of Kim stepping out of the Rolls-Royce limo opened a new line of inquiry for Griffiths and his team at the U.N., one that was both promising and troubling. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Limos, vodka and nukes: How a sanctions' sleuth traces North Korea's illicit transactions," 30 June 2019 Denmark’s Social Democrats won a general election on June 5 after promising, among other things, to enable earlier retirement by rolling back some recent pension changes. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Gray Wave of Workers Gives Slow-Growing World a Boost," 30 June 2019 But using the Spanish language to woo voters is a double-edged sword: Advocates looking for clues about how candidates would respond to issues facing Latinos in the United States saw the gestures as promising and sincere. Washington Post, "Democrats’ use of Spanish in debate evokes praise, eye rolls," 27 June 2019 Information available in court documents paints a complicated picture of Jaylan: A promising, troubled student-athlete and a new dad juggling the responsibilities of fatherhood and the day-to-day struggles of being a teen. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "A 16-year-old was fatally shot near his Indianapolis high school. Is the school liable?," 26 June 2019 The road trip that began so promising ended with four straight losses. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Raisel Iglesias roughed up in the eighth in 5-1 Cincinnati Reds loss to the Angels," 26 June 2019

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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