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.
Recent Examples on the Web The police budget represents 42 percent of the city’s general fund budget, which also covers such services as fire protection, maintenance of streets and parks, the city library, recreational programs, planning, building and code enforcement. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2021 Encourage content planning that considers both the in-person and virtual experience and that provides support materials that may be used in the workflow. Ron Zamir, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Thompson will remain active as lead independent director, overseeing Nadella’s compensation, succession planning, governance and board operations, Microsoft said in the statement. Fortune, 16 June 2021 Holding on to that philosophy means there’s no long-term planning, no wealth-building. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 By crystallizing connections between data points and providing valuable input on processes, data can support your business in several areas, including strategizing, optimizing, identifying problems, planning, and reporting. Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 Experts and workers say there are ways to optimize these spaces, including assigning desks to groups instead of individuals, planning schedules, designating areas for socializing and being extra-mindful of workers with special needs or disabilities. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, 14 June 2021 Town leaders described French, a 33-year veteran of the fire service, as an accomplished public safety leader with extensive experience in emergency operations, planning, goal-setting, program development and negotiations. Jesse Leavenworth,, 10 June 2021 Notaries public could also continue to remotely perform work central for estate planning, mortgages, and more until mid-December., 8 June 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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