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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dealing



  • nonintercourse
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Examples of dealing in a Sentence

There were reports of shady dealings between the two sides. He has a reputation for fair dealing.
Recent Examples on the Web Other governments, however, are not required to follow Washington's lead on sanctions, even if the measures target apolitical crimes like drug dealing. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "The Wan Chai connection: The Washington-accused drug lords, gun runners and dictators' financiers tied to one Hong Kong district," 10 Dec. 2020 But when Perry’s bright future was snuffed out after a late-night encounter with an undercover police officer, Mr. Anson discovered the story had many unexplored dimensions, including Perry’s history of drug-dealing and violence. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Robert Sam Anson, journalist who chronicled war, power and social ills, dies at 75," 8 Nov. 2020 Cherington, however, noted the Pirates are likely not done dealing. Will Graves,, "Pirates trade slugger Josh Bell to Nationals," 24 Dec. 2020 In more concrete wheeling and dealing, video game giant Electronic Arts is buying racing game specialist Codemasters for $1.2 billion, snatching the company away from a rival bid from Take-Two Interactive. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Airbnb and DoorDash show the IPO market is going haywire," 14 Dec. 2020 The frantic offseason has opened up the draft to the possibility of plenty of wheeling and dealing. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "2020 NBA draft: What to know about TV, live stream, order of picks," 18 Nov. 2020 In his first draft as the Pelicans’ lead executive, David Griffin did some wheeling and dealing. Christian Clark,, "NBA draft rewind: Evaluating Zion, 'The Rooks'' first season with the Pelicans," 14 Nov. 2020 Warrior said there is a fear that such a shelter would lead to a rise in transient traffic through the area, an increase in drug dealing, prostitution and other criminal activity, as reported by the Pine Bluff Commercial's Dale Ellis. Byron Tate, Arkansas Online, "Shelter tipping point in on-edge area of PB," 14 Nov. 2020 The Rockets own the league’s second-best regular-season record over the last 13 years, fueled in part to Morey’s wheeling and dealing, which included 77 trades. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Daryl Morey leaves Houston Rockets, Trail Blazers’ biggest offseason decisions, most intriguing free agents, Clippers hire Ty Lue: NBA news and notes," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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