To hold promise

To "hold promise" is to have a lot of potential



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Today you heard that drone delivery holds a lot of promise. It can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and serve areas that are too remote to be served by regular delivery. When something holds promise, it has a lot of potential. There is the possibility that it will get really good some day. Will drone delivery actually do the good things they say it will do? We don’t know, but it holds promise. Here’s another example: A young athlete can hold promise. The quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs looked very good in his first year as his team’s leader. He is expected to get even better in the future; he holds a lot of promise. We’ll see if he actually becomes a star player, but things are looking good now.

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