Meaning of “promising” in the English Dictionary

"promising" in British English

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promisingadjective

uk /ˈprɒm.ɪ.sɪŋ/ us /ˈprɑː.mɪ.sɪŋ/

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.
Opposite

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  • The commercial future of the company looks very promising.
  • The project is only in the initial phase as yet, but it's looking quite promising.
  • Her school report described her as a very promising pupil.
  • Henman got off to a promising start with a lead of two sets to love.
  • She is a highly promising young musician.
promisingly
adverb uk /ˈprɒm.ɪ.sɪŋ.li/ us /ˈprɑː.mɪ.sɪŋ.li/

The film starts promisingly enough but doesn't maintain the interest level.

(Definition of “promising” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"promising" in American English

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promisingadjective

us /ˈprɑm·ə·sɪŋ/

promising adjective (LIKELY SUCCESSFUL)

showing signs of future success or achievement:

a promising career

(Definition of “promising” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)