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

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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So at least for the 2019 season, Dipoto’s wheeling and dealing is over., "Examining the Seattle Mariners’ moves at the MLB trade deadline," 2 Aug. 2019 Hogan has been careful in his dealings with the Trump administration, which is deeply unpopular among many Maryland Democrats. Luke Broadwater,, "Gov. Hogan calls President Trump’s anti-Baltimore tweets ‘outrageous and inappropriate’," 29 July 2019 But that prowess is not reflected in its dealings with Williams. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "Health Insurers Make It Easy for Scammers to Steal Millions. Who Pays? You.," 19 July 2019 There will also be protests in the US this week in support of Amazon’s warehouse workers, as well as to call out the company’s dealings with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Amazon warehouse workers around the world are striking for Prime Day," 15 July 2019 Zinke’s business dealings illustrate the revolving door between government jobs and corporate interests, said Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Ari Natter,, "Zinke taking clients from industries he oversaw at Interior Department," 23 July 2019 Biden’s son Hunter’s international business dealings had a curious pattern of intersecting with the vice president’s diplomatic efforts with governments of countries of concern to the United States. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: What if voters are wrong about Biden’s electability?," 12 July 2019 Koch Foods declined to provide an interview with any of its executives or to answer detailed questions about its dealings with black farmers in Mississippi. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "How a Top Chicken Company Cut Off Black Farmers, One by One," 26 June 2019 The bar was described as a place where Dominican celebrities eat and drink alongside people who have made money in shady business dealings, according to the Associated Press. Fox News, "David Ortiz shooting highlights crime plaguing Dominican Republic, slugger had called on police chief to 'take care of' it," 12 June 2019

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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

: 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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