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

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 But Lou-Lou presents a life that is free of drug dealing and violence with legit money by purchasing real estate in the hood. Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 26 Sep. 2021 Van Sickler found that many of Kim’s buyers, who put little or no money down, were untraceable; some had been convicted of drug dealing and other crimes. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Cabrera-Vasquez was one of three men charged after a lengthy investigation into reports of drug dealing at the small bodega at 1485 Corbin Ave. Don Stacom,, 10 June 2021 Yet for all the wheeling and dealing and heavy lifting completed, there are certain factors that can’t be flipped by a few big transactions during Major League Baseball’s annual transaction bazaar. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 Living with his aunt on Cape Cod after the death of his father, teenager Daniel Middleton (Timothée Chalamet) gets caught up in the rough world of drug dealing in this neo-noir., 15 July 2021 This isn't the first time Johnson has come under criticism for his dealing with Pacur. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Bravo squared off against Sporting Kansas City winger Johnny Russell and more than held his own dealing with Sporting’s threatening attack. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 25 June 2021 In Bonin’s district, residents and business owners have become more vocal in expressing their frustration, drawing a link between encampments and theft, drug dealing and violent crime in their neighborhoods. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2022

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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