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promising

[ prom-uh-sing ]
/ ˈprɒm ə sɪŋ /
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adjective

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

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RELATED WORDS

talented, up-and-coming, gifted, encouraging, auspicious, bright, rising, assuring, reassuring, able, favorable, happy, likely, lucky, propitious, roseate, rosy

Nearby words

promiscuity, promiscuous, promise, promised land, promisee, promising, promisingly, promisor, promissory, promissory note, promnesia

Origin of promising

First recorded in 1505–15; promise + -ing2
SYNONYMS FOR promising
favorable, reassuring, encouraging.
Related formsprom·is·ing·ly, adverbprom·is·ing·ness, noun

Definition for promising (2 of 2)

promise

[ prom-is ]
/ ˈprɒm ɪs /

noun

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)

promising

/ (ˈprɒmɪsɪŋ) /

adjective

showing promise of favourable development or future success
Derived Formspromisingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for promising (2 of 2)

promise

/ (ˈprɒmɪs) /

verb

noun

Derived Formspromiser, 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

promise


see lick and a promise.

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