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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After months of planning, public meetings and debate, Fort Bend ISD trustees appear poised to approve a November school bond election that could total as much as $1.7 billion. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 Now, after almost as many years of planning, pub owner Cameron Palmer and partner Stay Cal Hotels have given drivers another reason to pull over: the region’s first new lodgings in two decades — Best Western Plus. Jeanne Cooper,, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 India’s financial capital struggles to cope with the monsoon deluge every year, drawing criticism of its poor planning. Washington Post, "Mudslide kills 9 in India’s remote mountainous northeast," 11 July 2018 Having a doctor that is aware of your family’s particular needs can take a lot of stress out of planning and attending to your dental hygiene. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Afghan officials remain deeply skeptical of any touted successes, given that the security situation in their country continues to deteriorate, with intelligence routinely pointing to Pakistan as the place of planning. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Trump's wrath forces Pakistan to double down on push to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries," 10 July 2018 Schuh said the development pressures county residents are seeing now are the result of planning and zoning decisions made decades ago. Pamela Wood,, "Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race," 6 July 2018 Navigation is one of the most fundamental elements of planning and executing a successful outdoor trip. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "The Best Map Apps for Navigating the Wilderness," 5 July 2018 The proposals come at a pivotal time for the port and San Diego’s waterfront, where several major hotels and other projects are under construction or in the planning stages. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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

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