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.
Recent Examples on the Web The area of Carver-Langston has been hard-hit by violence this year, and residents have complained to police about drug dealing and shootings. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man found fatally shot outside laundromat in Northeast Washington," 9 July 2020 Tenderloin Housing Clinic Executive Director Randy Shaw agreed that drug dealing and other problems remain. Phil Matier,, "Tenderloin tent cleanup sees some success — what about the rest of SF?," 1 July 2020 Both men are charged with unlawful dealing of fireworks and reckless endangerment. CBS News, "2 men caught with nearly $4,500 worth of illegal fireworks in New York City," 28 June 2020 Barr’s attempt to appoint a new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York ultimately proved to be a fumbling, self-defeating bit of double-dealing. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Bill Barr Forgot How to Be an Attorney General," 23 June 2020 Plus, the current enthusiasm for bold steps towards integration among EU leaders may not last, leading to a return of the wheeling and dealing of finance ministers in their strange meeting. The Economist, "Charlemagne How a dining club briefly took over the EU," 20 June 2020 The Rappler’s story on May 29, 2012, cited an unspecified intelligence report linking him to a murder, drug dealing, human trafficking and smuggling. NBC News, "Philippine journalist convicted of libel, given 6-year term," 15 June 2020 The Rappler's story on May 29, 2012, cited an intelligence report linking him to a murder, drug dealing, human trafficking, and smuggling. Jim Gomez And Aaron Favila, The Christian Science Monitor, "Manila court convicts Philippines' top journalist in libel case," 15 June 2020 In 2017, after being ordered by the Fire and Police Commission to expand the policy, then-Chief Edward Flynn proposed allowing chases for vehicles driving recklessly or those suspected of having ties with drug dealing. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Charges filed in crash that killed unborn child; police chase under review by MPD," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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