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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This isn’t the first time the First Daughter’s dealings in China have overlapped with government action. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Meanwhile, in China, Ivanka Trump’s Business Doesn’t Seem So Defunct After All," 22 Jan. 2019 President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen discussed Trump and his business dealings in Russia with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, according to a report. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Cohen spoke with Mueller team about Trump and his business dealings with Russia: report," 21 Sep. 2018 Ryan also said Avenatti had improperly acquired and released certain bank records related to Cohen’s business dealings. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Stormy Daniels' lawyer drops bid to join Trump case after judge tells him to stop 'publicity tour'," 30 May 2018 During more than 30 years of collecting and dealing in antiques, the couple studied construction and became proficient at repairing furniture. Allison Carey,, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 May 2018 His arrival will almost certainly lead to the departure of current technical director Steve Walsh, who has drawn criticism from Everton fans for his lacklustre dealings in the transfer market over the past two seasons., "Everton Close in on PSV Technical Director As Replacement for Maligned Steve Walsh," 4 Apr. 2018 Improper dealings in signing amateur free agents resulted in the firing of general manager John Coppolella, who received a lifetime ban. Paul Sullivan,, "Early optimism: A division-by-division look at all the National and American league teams," 26 Mar. 2018 And, just as the Kremlin allegedly feared, damaging financial details have surfaced about Manafort’s dealings with Ukraine officials. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "A Blockbuster New Yorker Story Sheds Light on Christopher Steele, and, Yes, the 'Pee Tape'," 5 Mar. 2018 This setup makes the game perfect for the Game of Thrones universe, which — as the name implies — is primarily about the dealings of the ruling class. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Indie game Reigns is getting a Game of Thrones spinoff," 23 Aug. 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

: 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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