plan·​ning | \ ˈpla-niŋ How to pronounce planning (audio) \

Definition of planning

: the act or process of making or carrying out plans specifically : the establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit city planning business planning

Examples of planning in a Sentence

Careful planning made the party a success.

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The center is the culmination of nearly 13 years of planning and $141 million in funding, so the blocks-long party with food trucks galore was a long time coming. Samantha Brooks, Vogue, "Everyone From Mayor Eric Garcetti to Shangela Came Out to the Opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood," 10 Apr. 2019 There’s one place, though, that—through a combination of luck, foresight, and smart planning and execution—barely went away to begin with. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "St. Barth’s Is Back—Here’s Where to Go," 30 Nov. 2018 Global investors could soon have an easier way to make bets on or against China’s stock market, with Hong Kong’s exchange planning to offer futures trading tied to mainland shares. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Index Futures Set to Further Pry Open Chinese Markets," 11 Mar. 2019 Figuring out what was right for you on that day was a huge part of the planning process as well. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are sharing intimate details about their wedding planning process in a new exhibition at Windsor Castle that celebrates the royal milestone. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Revealed How She Chose Her Royal Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary based on the date picked with a new online planning tool debuting next month. Fox News, "Disney World offering new flexible pricing plan starting in October," 25 Sep. 2018 Following a Roth conversion strategy requires some planning. Peter Finch, New York Times, "Countdown to Retirement: A Five-Year Plan," 6 July 2018 The class also includes tips on estate planning led by Bob Ayers, a local attorney for over 25 years. Linda Mcintosh,, "Women authors celebrated at AAUW event," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2019

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The first known use of planning was in 1730

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English Language Learners Definition of planning

: the act or process of making a plan to achieve or do something

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