[ prom-uh-sing ]
/ ˈprɒm ə sɪŋ /


giving favorable promise; likely to turn out well: a promising young man; a promising situation.

Origin of promising

First recorded in 1505–15; promise + -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR promising

favorable, reassuring, encouraging.

Related forms

prom·is·ing·ly, adverbprom·is·ing·ness, noun

Definition for promising (2 of 2)


[ prom-is ]
/ ˈprɒm ɪs /


verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.

to afford ground for expectation (often followed by well or fair): His forthcoming novel promises well.
to make a promise.

Origin of promise

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English promis(se) < Medieval Latin prōmissa, for Latin prōmissum, noun use of neuter past participle of prōmittere to promise, literally, to send forth, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + mittere to send; (v.) late Middle English promisen, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for promising (1 of 2)


/ (ˈprɒmɪsɪŋ) /


showing promise of favourable development or future success

Derived Forms

promisingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for promising (2 of 2)


/ (ˈprɒmɪs) /



Derived Forms

promiser, noun

Word Origin for promise

C14: from Latin prōmissum a promise, from prōmittere to send forth
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Idioms and Phrases with promising


see lick and a promise.

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