deal·​ing ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce dealing (audio)
: method of business : manner of conduct
dealings plural : friendly or business interactions

Example Sentences

There were reports of shady dealings between the two sides. He has a reputation for fair dealing.
Recent Examples on the Web The company didn’t release its claim until Evans became the subject of a criminal investigation over his dealings with two elderly victims in Ventura County. Anjeanette Damon, ProPublica, 11 May 2023 The criminal case in Brazil was first disclosed in a New York Times investigation that uncovered broad discrepancies in his résumé and questions about his financial dealings. Michael Gold, New York Times, 10 May 2023 Just because his business dealings haven’t caught the public's attention doesn’t mean a steady stream of attack ads can’t do some damage. Andrew Donaldson, Washington Examiner, 5 May 2023 Deutsche, long Donald Trump‘s bank of choice for his business dealings, is an obvious candidate for speculators to short, or bet against its stock. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2023 Rife with fraud and shady financial dealings, the broader crypto market collapse has produced no shortage of potential criminal defendants. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2023 Under Democratic leadership, the committee sought Mazars documents to investigate Trump's business dealings while in office. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2023 In 2011, Prince Andrew stepped down after a decade as U.K. Special Representative for International Trade and Investment due to his dealings with Epstein. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2023 Meanwhile, the series spends significant time with the victims of Pellicano’s dealings, some of whom are still facing the fallout years later. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dealing was in the 15th century

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural : friendly or business relations
dealings with an automobile agency
: a way of acting or of doing business
fair dealing

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