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 Macomb County received $930,000, according to Vicky Rad, director of planning and economic development for Macomb County. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Millions in grants is available for small businesses. But time is running out.," 22 June 2020 There is so much that goes into planning for a season. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona high school football coaches concerned about season amid spike in COVID-19 cases," 19 June 2020 Campaign sources familiar with the rally planning say there are no plans for social distancing within the arena, which holds over 19,000. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "Oklahoma officials worry about Trump's rally as Tulsa County COVID infections rise to record levels," 18 June 2020 As preparation for the town hall–style event got under way, officials raised concerns that attendees would curse at Lam or even toss water bottles or their shoes at her, a person familiar with the planning told me. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 That will require planning for the future while tackling the crisis of the present. The Economist, "The new world disorder Global leadership is missing in action," 18 June 2020 This year, the district decided to remain conservative in budget planning for the economic effects of the global pandemic after lessons from the Great Recession. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD prepares for potential coronavirus cuts with $434M budget," 16 June 2020 National planning for pandemic influenza began during the George W. Bush administration, largely in response to the H5N1 bird flu that arose in the late 1990s and wiped out flocks in Asia, Europe and Africa. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "Emails Reveal Chaos as Meatpacking Companies Fought Health Agencies Over COVID-19 Outbreaks in Their Plants," 12 June 2020 One possible arrangement is that RNC members, state chairmen and two delegates from each state would meet in Charlotte and formally nominate Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to people familiar with the planning. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "RNC likely will hold part of August convention in Jacksonville," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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“Planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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

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