Definition of promising in US English:



  • Showing signs of future success.

    ‘a promising actor’
    ‘a promising start to the season’
    • ‘In their place come several top draft choices and a number of promising youngsters.’
    • ‘The ending doesn't convince, but this is a highly promising debut.’
    • ‘For Zoe, her talent and her ability to think critically and freely has become her ticket to an adventurous, bright and promising future.’
    • ‘By 1949, her painting style had matured and her future looked very promising.’
    • ‘The future appeared very promising for the bright yellow racer but the plane was badly damaged in a landing accident after the races.’
    • ‘This move marks the end of an era for Chippenham, but also gives the livestock market a promising future.’
    • ‘Seen as the key to a promising future, education was the greatest separator.’
    • ‘A number of promising avenues of research are ripe for commercialisation.’
    • ‘Even though most parents realize that success in school can create a more promising future, they may underestimate their own potential to impact learning.’
    • ‘A lively exchange of ideas between you and your sweetheart could pave the way to a more promising future.’
    • ‘It can provide a promising future and be potentially profitable.’
    • ‘Abandoning a promising career as a virtuoso pianist, he became an influential teacher.’
    • ‘At first glance, it does not seem remotely promising.’
    • ‘She let go of a potentially promising musical career.’
    • ‘There may not be a pitcher in baseball with a more promising future.’
    • ‘However, in the past year or so things have begun to look very promising.’
    • ‘This bold augmentation of his range of forms is not fully resolved, but remains a promising area for future experimentation.’
    • ‘Adaptation is a promising sign that American film-makers are still prepared to take risks.’
    • ‘What had begun as a highly promising career ended in sadness and disillusionment.’
    • ‘While some will end up with a promising start to their future careers, others will have to live with the poor results they received in the National College Entrance Examination.’
    good, encouraging, favourable, hopeful, full of promise, auspicious, propitious, optimistic, positive, bright, rosy, likely-looking, heartening, reassuring
    with potential, budding, up-and-coming, rising, coming, in the making
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