plan·​ning | \ ˈpla-niŋ \

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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Perhaps even better for certain industries, AI can be a human partner in planning, too. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 Mubina Rattonsey, Priyanka's BFF, served as the maid of honor, reports The Sun, while her manager and bridesmaid, Anjula Acharia, got a shout out from the bride for playing a key role in planning Priyanka's bridal shower on Chopra's Instagram. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas' Wedding: Everything You Need to Know," 4 Dec. 2018 Those involved in planning McCain's farewell say the Arizona Republican will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday. Fox News, "The Latest: Services and other events set for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 An official involved in the planning for the visit said there was even discussion of having the president visit the underground London bunker used by Mr. Churchill as a war room during World War II. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "British Roll Out Trump’s Political Idol: Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 Prosecutors said Zschaepe played a major role behind the scenes and was involved in the planning of the killings and financing for the NSU as well as organizing alibis for the two leaders. Erik Kirschbaum,, "German Neo-Nazi found guilty of murder in execution-style slayings of migrants," 11 July 2018 As a new equity investor, she will be involved in the strategic planning around the restaurant's national expansion, which will take place over the next few years. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's What You Need To Know About Oprah Winfrey's Restaurant Investment," 11 July 2018 But the vacancy at CEO will mean the organization will be without its top leader at a crucial moment in planning for future Beltline transit. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Source: Beltline CEO McGowan likely to take top Seattle recruiting job," 4 July 2018 The parade is something Hamilton takes pride in planning every year. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Star-spangled traditions: Milwaukee communities come together for July 4th festivities," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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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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