planning

noun
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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During the party planning, Elizabeth reminds the Scrooge-like Darcy of the magic of Christmas—and the power of falling in love. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Christmas at Pemberley Manor' Was Filmed in This Connecticut Town You Can Visit," 27 Oct. 2018 Maybe the two of you could even trade off planning days of the trip? Vanessa Marin, Allure, "Ask a Sex Therapist: How Do I Get Past the Pressure to Have Vacation Sex?," 25 Oct. 2018 Briggs has spent more than two decades planning trips to Africa, and her latest focus is lesser-known but awe-inspiring places like Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Zambia. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Planning a wedding, no matter the size, typically begins with budget planning. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Does Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Cost?," 8 Oct. 2018 This adds an interesting spatial dimension to the formula laid down by Spice Road, and the combination of trading and navigating your way across the board takes some careful planning. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Century: Eastern Wonders makes cardboard spice trading fun again," 6 Oct. 2018 As a Boy Scout turned Marine, my dad takes wilderness planning to the next level. Beth Woolsey, Woman's Day, "'My Father and I Approach the World Differently, But an Emergency Brought Us Together'," 4 Oct. 2018 But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 Scientists are passing the time digging through Messenger's data and planning what the new mission will bring, of course. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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planning

noun

English Language Learners Definition of planning

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

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