deal·​ing | \ ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce dealing (audio) \

Definition of dealing

1 : method of business : manner of conduct
2 dealings plural : friendly or business interactions

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dealing



  • nonintercourse
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Examples of dealing in a Sentence

There were reports of shady dealings between the two sides. He has a reputation for fair dealing.
Recent Examples on the Web Notter’s departure in 2011 was largely due to the last grand jury report, which painted a scathing picture of a School Board run amok with self-dealing and micromanagement. Scott Travis,, 21 June 2021 The dealing has been going on for years as city after city, including San Antonio, expanded their convention centers and built convention hotels. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Sep. 2021 Talk of self-dealing by Mr. Salameh has circulated for years. New York Times, 17 July 2021 America, this is a level of pure double-dealing, roguery, and downright villainy ne’er witnessed on this television program. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 7 Sep. 2021 But every politician -- including Biden -- knows that the dealing with the media is part of the gig. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 High-end defensemen stole the NHL’s draft day show on Friday and the Bruins, in need of adding a high-end defenseman, weren’t in on the dealing., 25 July 2021 The best way to keep technology from being weaponized is to use it proactively to put forward maps with transparent scoring and without the taint of backroom political dealing. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Reiber spent the latter part of his career as a partner in a business that was brought down by bankruptcy, foreclosure and accusations of underhanded financial dealing. Ron Hurtibise,, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Oct 2021

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dealing

: the actions that are a main part of the relationship between people, groups, organizations, etc. : social or business interactions
: a way of behaving or of doing business


deal·​ing | \ ˈdē-liŋ \

Kids Definition of dealing

1 dealings plural : friendly or business relations She has frequent dealings with the mayor.
2 : a way of acting or doing business fair dealing

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