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promising

adjective uk   /ˈprɒm.ɪ.sɪŋ/ us    /ˈprɑː.mɪ-/
C1 Something that is promising shows signs that it is going to be successful or enjoyable: They won the award for the most promising new band of the year. "How's your new venture going?" "It's looking quite promising." It's a great restaurant but it doesn't look at all promising from the outside.
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promisingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The film starts promisingly enough but doesn't maintain the interest level.
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