- promised land,
- promissory note,
Origin of promising
verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
Origin of promise
Examples from the Web for promising
He has struck a promising tone these last few days with his rhetoric about trying to “see each other.”
I made the mistake of promising one group of guys they could ask me anything if they answered my questions.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Atlanta, Georgia, USA Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the most promising LGBT HQs on the globe.
Others are here to invest in artists with promising reputations, and thus the possibility of future ROI.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What does that promising growth mean for the renegade brewers at Casa Bruja?House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They found a hiding-place for the wounded earl, and Wallace went away, promising to be near at hand.
To be as good a boy as one can, is promising a great deal, but not too much if one is in tremendous earnest, as I think you are.The Pansy Magazine, August 1886|Various
I have long considered as the greatest happiness of my life, the having so promising a pupil as your lordship.Four Early Pamphlets|William Godwin
And she gave him money, promising him more as he might need it, within reason.Clark's Field|Robert Herrick
This absurd affair would ruin his reputation of a sensible, well-behaved, promising young officer.A Set of Six|Joseph Conrad
Word Origin for promise
"showing signs of future excellence," c.1600, present participle adjective from promise (v.). Related: Promisingly.
c.1400, "a pledge, vow," from Old French promesse "promise, guarantee, assurance" (13c.) and directly from Latin promissum "a promise," noun use of neuter past participle of promittere "send forth; let go; foretell; assure beforehand, promise," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + mittere "to put, send" (see mission). The ground sense is "declaration made about the future, about some act to be done or not done."
c.1400, from promise (n.). Related: Promised; promising. Promised land (1530s) is a reference to the land of Canaan promised to Abraham and his progeny (Hebrew xi:9, etc.; Greek ten ges tes epangelias).
see lick and a promise.