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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In his dealings with China, the European Union, Mexico, Canada, Japan and other countries, Mr. Trump has repeatedly turned to tariffs, viewing them as the best way to push trading partners to change their practices. New York Times, "U.S. Announces Inquiry of French Digital Tax That May End in Tariffs," 10 July 2019 The book told of an aspiring comedian whose mob dealings eventually land him into a vat of chemicals at the hands of Batman. Rachel Yang,, "Joker director says the Joaquin Phoenix movie 'doesn't follow anything' from the comics," 8 July 2019 Roosevelt Row already had a lot of good energy and dealing with rise and fall when downtown was developing. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "‘Profit-with-a-purpose’ Churchill thrives in downtown Phoenix," 4 July 2019 Pavelski is mostly diplomatic in dealings with the media, but Couture is often brutally honest in his analysis. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Five candidates to succeed Joe Pavelski as Sharks captain," 2 July 2019 Zendaya is currently also starring in the HBO series Euphoria as a 17-year-old dealing with drug addiction. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Zendaya's Net Worth Is Super Impressive for a 22-Year-Old," 27 June 2019 Only three county ordinances exist – two related to animal control and another dealing with litter., "LGBTQ activist plans to push Mobile leaders to back non-discrimination ordinance," 21 June 2019 The Toronto Raptors selected Hernandez, Miami’s rangy 6-foot-11 big that the NCAA ruled ineligible for his entire junior season of college basketball due to dealings with an agent, with pick No. David Furones,, "After losing final college basketball season, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez selected by Toronto Raptors in NBA draft," 21 June 2019 Rudy’s trip was meant to dig up some kind—any kind—of dirt on presidential hopeful Joe Biden, whose son maybe had some long-ago dealings in the region. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “How Do You Stop These People?” “Shoot Them!”," 12 May 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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