Origin of promising
Synonyms for promising
verb (used with object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
verb (used without object), prom·ised, prom·is·ing.
Origin of promise
Synonyms for promise
Related Words for promisingtalented, up-and-coming, gifted, encouraging, auspicious, bright, rising, assuring, reassuring, able, favorable, happy, likely, lucky, propitious, roseate, rosy
Examples from the Web for promising
Contemporary Examples of promising
He has struck a promising tone these last few days with his rhetoric about trying to “see each other.”Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
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
December 26, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia, USA Atlanta is quickly becoming one of the most promising LGBT HQs on the globe.The Ultimate LGBT Travel Bucket List
December 12, 2014
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
December 6, 2014
What does that promising growth mean for the renegade brewers at Casa Bruja?House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of promising
The view was very extensive but not promising--spinifex being in every direction.Explorations in Australia
But this man was promising me more than she had done, and his every word was measured.The Bacillus of Beauty
He begged and implored that his life might be spared, promising to tell all that might be asked of him.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
There goes one of the finest and most promising young men in this town.
She left her, therefore, taking the other Sister with her, and promising to see to everything.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
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."
see lick and a promise.