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

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 In Bonin’s district, residents and business owners have become more vocal in expressing their frustration, drawing a link between encampments and theft, drug dealing and violent crime in their neighborhoods. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Some money comes from the opium trade and drug dealing, or other crime such as smuggling. Derek Hawkins, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Aug. 2021 Some money comes from the opium trade and drug dealing, or other crimes such as smuggling. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 Makai Hart, who Traylor said will be a game-time decision, is the only starter dealing with injury entering Saturday’s game. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 The Spartans have been impressive dealing with injuries and still making a strong run in their own conference. Marisa Ingemi, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Long known as an epicenter for drug use and dealing, the Tenderloin neighborhood has grown in recent years to resemble an Amazon center for narcotics, law enforcement officials say. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Oct. 2021 Prosecutors said to date, 14 people have been indicted this year in the Southern District of Indiana for straw purchasing and unlicensed dealing. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 China, with a billion people to feed and keep mollified (if not happy) will have its hands full dealing with an economic slowdown and a middle class hurt by a property bust. Peter Tchir, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dealing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Nov 2021

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“Dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 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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