plan·​ning | \ ˈpla-niŋ How to pronounce planning (audio) \

Essential Meaning of planning

: the act or process of making a plan to achieve or do something financial/city/business planning Careful planning made the party a success.

Full 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Covid’s spread during the three years of planning meant not only that curators and staffers had, in many cases, only met face-to-face recently, but also that planned touchscreens made way for voice- and motion-activated kiosks. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 After nearly a year of planning and a more than 4,500-mile trek across the country, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington Friday, just in time for the holiday season. Isabella Meneses, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2021 This recipe requires a bit of planning to season the duck legs one to three days ahead of time, but the result is absolutely worth it. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 After many months of planning and hard work by so many (incl. Jason Gale, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 Belo Monte Dam: the final step in an odyssey of planning and construction that had started almost 50 years earlier. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 16 Nov. 2021 Taking a subway to see friends requires up to three hours of planning. John Blake, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 This cultural force is more powerful than 15 years of meticulous planning to try and open the blocks between Showplace Square and Mission Bay to housing and offices while also preserving blue-collar jobs. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Nov. 2021 Transitioning to a more eco-friendly business requires a new way of thinking, an enormous amount of planning and research and a long-term commitment to ensure sustainability. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of planning

1730, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2021

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“Planning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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