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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Williams was front and center during the planning of Meghan's baby shower in New York. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Serena Williams Thinks Meghan Markle Will Be the "Best Mom"," 4 Apr. 2019 King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s Khashoggi statement is a green light for murder," 20 Nov. 2018 Amazon is still in the planning stages of an announced $1.49 billion investment in a massive freight hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, that the airport says includes capacity for 100 or more planes. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Amazon Air may be on the hunt for more cargo planes as it takes delivery of 40th aircraft," 12 Nov. 2018 The National Park Service says the planning and funding of the Tower of Voices has been a years-long process. Michelle Chavez, Fox News, "9/11 memorial nears completion 17 years after terrorist attack," 24 Aug. 2018 The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At press time, the museum is in the planning stages of scheduling a members' opening event for the exhibition. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Jewish Museum presents Sexual Spectrum art exhibit," 21 June 2018 All Aboard Florida’s Brightline, owned by Florida East Coast Industries, recently began passenger service in South Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach and is in the final planning stages of a segment between West Palm Beach and Orlando. Stephen Hudak,, "Brightline high-speed passenger train gets Orange County OK to lay tracks in wetlands," 19 June 2018 So, what are Nick and Priyanka planning to wear to the gala? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas Are Returning to Met Gala 2019 as a Married Couple," 29 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, proving that party planning runs in the family, Kourtney Kardashian recently celebrated her 40th birthday in style by twinning with sister Kim Kardashian West in vintage Versace looks. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Took Out a Gigantic Billboard for Travis Scott's Birthday," 27 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of planning

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

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