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4 definitions found
 for Promising
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Promise \Prom"ise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Promised; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Promising.]
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     1. To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing,
        giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage;
        as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of
        hostilities; to promise the payment of money. "To promise
        aid." --Shak.
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     2. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of;
        as, the clouds promise rain. --Milton.
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     3. To make declaration of or give assurance of, as some
        benefit to be conferred; to pledge or engage to bestow;
        as, the proprietors promised large tracts of land; the
        city promised a reward.
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     Promised land. See Land of promise, under Land.
  
     To promise one's self.
        (a) To resolve; to determine; to vow.
        (b) To be assured; to have strong confidence.
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                  I dare promise myself you will attest the truth
                  of all I have advanced.           --Rambler.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Promising \Prom"is*ing\, a.
     Making a promise or promises; affording hope or assurance;
     as, promising person; a promising day. -- Prom"is*ing*ly,
     adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  promising
      adj 1: showing possibility of achievement or excellence; "a
             promising young man"
      2: full or promise; "had a bright future in publishing"; "the
         scandal threatened an abrupt end to a promising political
         career"; "a hopeful new singer on Broadway" [syn: bright,
         hopeful, promising]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "promising":
     apt, auspicious, benign, benignant, bright, bright with promise,
     cheering, couleur de rose, encouraging, fair, favorable, favoring,
     foreseeable, fortunate, full of promise, golden, good, happy,
     heartening, hopeful, in the cards, inspiring, inspiriting, liable,
     likely, looking up, lucky, odds-on, of good omen, of happy portent,
     of promise, optimistic, positive, predictable,
     predictable within limits, pregnant of good, presumable,
     presumptive, probable, propitious, prosperous, reassuring,
     rose-colored, roseate, rosy, statistically probable, supportive,
     verisimilar
  
  

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