deal·​ing | \ ˈdē-liŋ \

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 there is so much more—from the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players—if not their affection. Fox News, "'Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time' by Ian O'Connor," 25 Sep. 2018 The Germans’ hope on that front may also be based on their long dealings with the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, when open hostility and more low-key cooperation went hand in hand. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained," 11 July 2018 News reports quoted experts who suggested the Russians merely wanted more information about Trump to inform their foreign-policy dealings. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Congress is investigating both Google and Facebook over their dealings with Huawei and other Chinese firms. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The Deal to Save ZTE Won't Resolve US-China Tensions," 7 June 2018 But the company has refused to comply, prompting the lawmaker to write the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans to reconsider their dealings with Teva. Ed Silverman, STAT, "McCaskill urges two government agencies to rethink purchases of Teva medicines," 17 May 2018 In dealings with Putin, Cohen also played a fixer role, wheeling and dealing with the office of Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, about a potential Trump Tower Moscow. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 In each of his three previous unsuccessful statewide runs for governor and Senate, opponents have found grist for attacks in his business dealings. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Dino Rossi has done well in real estate, but his work is also fodder for campaign opponents," 16 Oct. 2018 That will give the new government leverage in its dealings with the United States that the departing Mr. Peña Nieto, who is deeply unpopular, does not have. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, "U.S. Delegation and Mexico’s Next President Aim to Reset Relations," 13 July 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

deal*ings : 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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