plant·​ing | \ ˈplan-tiŋ How to pronounce planting (audio) \

Definition of planting

: an area where plants are grown for commercial or decorative purposes also : the plants grown in such an area

Examples of planting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best chrysanthemums for planting in the landscape are garden mums. Dan Gill,, "Nothing says it's fall garden time like classic chrysanthemums, which come in many hues," 7 Oct. 2020 This is the last month for planting subtropicals like banana, citrus, avocado, cherimoya, or guava. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "October chores for home gardeners," 3 Oct. 2020 Weather has been drier than normal in most Brazilian growing regions, delaying planting. Tatiana Freitas, Fortune, "Coffee prices could surge soon as La Nina heat scorches world’s largest crop supply," 29 Sep. 2020 Another recent survey from Indiana University showed that most Hoosiers support climate change policies such as increasing funding for emergency management services or planting trees, regardless of political party or climate change beliefs. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "‘It’s unprecedented’: Environmental advocates prepare for a divisive election year," 18 Sep. 2020 The fact that the video first appeared in Mexico and Guatemala, and the timing of its release—February, right before migrant workers leave for spring planting in the US—suggested that its goal might be undermining American food security. Sonner Kehrt, Wired, "One Data Scientist’s Quest to Quash Misinformation," 15 Sep. 2020 Other Republicans say there’s a diversity of views among the party, and Trump won’t stop small-scale policy progress like investing in carbon capture technology and legislation focused on adaptation, agriculture, and planting trees. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump’s energy platform is the same, but the world is changing," 24 Aug. 2020 Farmers in the Amazon often set fire to their plots at this time of year to prepare them for soybean planting. Mauricio Savarese, Star Tribune, "Indigenous protesters in Brazil demand COVID-19 protection," 17 Aug. 2020 He harvests, dries and stores them in the freezer for next year’s planting. Sheryl Devore,, "Heirloom peppers carry on family tradition for centuries," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of planting

1535, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Planting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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