deal·​ing | \ ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce dealing (audio) \

Definition of dealing

1 : method of business : manner of conduct
2 dealings plural : friendly or business interactions

Examples of dealing in a Sentence

There were reports of shady dealings between the two sides. He has a reputation for fair dealing.

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But Kovach’s dealings with his daughter and her boyfriend were not the only issues that investigators say violated department policy that day. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend," 24 June 2018 Nemetch declined to comment for this story, saying her dealings with the Fonder children are confidential. Vinny Vella,, "Police hope remnants of Bucks County home, once owned by a murderer, holds clues about long-missing man," 18 May 2018 In the three other cases, an adult traveling with the children had a criminal record that included offenses such as drug dealing, aggravated assault or being previously deported, Mr. Owen said in a call with reporters. Ron Nixon, New York Times, "Migrant Families Who Enter at Legal Ports Are Rarely Separated, Customs Officials Say," 9 July 2018 The couple was charged with armed drug dealing, among other felony charges. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018 Their clout was diminished as 83 members and associates were charged in a pair of sweeping federal racketeering conspiracies that alleged drug dealing, extortion, violent assaults and even murders. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Feds: Mexican Mafia runs California jails like an "illegal government"," 24 May 2018 That’s a far cry from reality for many women, but for the one in seven dealing with postpartum depression, the new-mother whiplash is much more severe. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "The New Postpartum Depression Drug Zulresso Comes With a Catch," 20 Mar. 2019 Drugmaker Mylan NV said the Securities and Exchange Commission closed a three-year-old investigation into real-estate dealings with a former director, without taking any enforcement action. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "SEC Closes Probe Into Mylan’s Real-Estate Dealings with a Former Director," 13 Mar. 2019 The findings eventually made their way to the FBI at the beginning of its investigation into any ties between Trump associates and Russia -- and the bureau's dealings with Steele are a key focus for congressional investigators. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "House Republicans vote to release Russia probe transcripts, plan subpoena for Fusion GPS co-founder," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dealing

: the actions that are a main part of the relationship between people, groups, organizations, etc. : social or business interactions
: a way of behaving or of doing business


deal·​ing | \ ˈdē-liŋ\

Kids Definition of dealing

1 dealings plural : friendly or business relations She has frequent dealings with the mayor.
2 : a way of acting or doing business fair dealing

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