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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One gets the sense that the dealing, not rapping, is the dream job. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Shorenstein, the developer that through other business dealings on Market Street, initiated La Cocina’s Tenderloin move, is contributing $1 million to the project. Justin Phillips,, "La Cocina’s Tenderloin food hall takes a step forward," 11 July 2018 Our leaders must confront the enormous wealth inequality in California, with the most disadvantaged dealing with homelessness, poor schools, food uncertainty and inadequate medical care. sacbee, "Antonia Hernandez," 27 June 2018 The confusing acronym is a leftover from President George W. Bush’s dealings with the North Korean regime. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "The Most Ridiculous Moments From the Trump-Kim Summit," 12 June 2018 Also left on his plate is constitutional reform and dealing with a tenser relationship with the United States. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "A hectic first month offers glimpse into leadership style of Cuba's handpicked president | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Times were hard in high school and dealing with being an adolescent teen. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Model Lexi Boling Loves the Scent of Barbecue and High-School Angst," 14 May 2018 What ties, if any, exist between the business dealings of Manafort, Gates, and the Russian efforts to influence the election? Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 While Way stands behind his business dealings, the state Charter Board is investigating allegations of financial mismanagement at American Leadership. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 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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