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 14,000 to 32,000 Western gulls that would reside on the islands at the time are particularly at risk, with the agency planning to use a variety of hazing techniques to keep gulls away from the islands to avoid exposure. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019 Yes, with some careful planning and patience, light rail and bus service can get hikers to a few trailheads on the Front Range. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Ditch the car: Trails you can reach by taking the bus or light rail," 6 July 2019 Visitors to Hawaii can access a Jellyfish Arrival Calendar, which can help with planning but does not track actual sightings. Michele Chabin, Washington Post, "How to handle the worldwide jellyfish threat (no, don’t treat stings with urine)," 5 July 2019 Among the major items that was not taken care of over a week ago was the printing of thousands of tickets, people familiar with the planning said. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Washington Prepares for a July 4 Spectacle, Starring and Produced by President Trump," 3 July 2019 Years of rapid urbanization with little infrastructure planning means most cities are ill equipped to handle the additional population stress. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger," 28 June 2019 Per CAF Red Tail Squadron, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy, Friend was a combat operations officer tasked with planning and organizing his squadron’s strategic and tactical air missions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airman Who Flew in 142 Combat Missions, Dies at 99," 26 June 2019 Amazon's Prime Day will last for 48 hours this year, with the online retailer planning to offer more than 1 million deals from July 15-16. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon's Prime Day, starting July 15, is now 48 hours long," 25 June 2019 With a little extra planning, enjoy the Disney vacation of your dreams without going broke. Grace Lin, USA TODAY, "17 money-saving Disney World and Disneyland hacks to try," 21 June 2019

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

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