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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With meal planning options for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, plus for those managing diabetes, eating paleo or gluten-free, Sun Basket has the healthy food bundle for your particular eating yen. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 Mattis appears to be rebuking Trump for abandoning allies without consultation or planning. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 With recent blockbuster reports highlighting the dire and immediate nature of climate change, the environment—and the politics and planning that come in response—seem unlikely to leave the spotlight anytime soon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 Singh employed the English architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester for the planning, who looked to his colleague Sir Edwin Lutyens’ work for inspiration. Noor Brara, Vogue, "See the Palace Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Get Married," 13 Nov. 2018 For Santa Rosa planning and economic development director David Guhin, those options were never effectively on the table. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Cabrini was awarded $74,688, Lehigh $56,771, and Penn got $74,575 for planning., "The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide," 12 July 2018 The council so far has demonstrated strong bipartisan support, including the approval of $20 million in early 2017 to pay for planning and $55 million in January to pay for the first phase of construction. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett breaks ground on Indianapolis jail — months before council gives final OK," 12 July 2018 The Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Health Centers Construction Act designated $330 million for planning and building new facilities for this population group. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018

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

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