Meaning of “planning” in the English Dictionary

"planning" in British English

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planningnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈplæn.ɪŋ/ us /ˈplæn.ɪŋ/

planning noun [ U ] (DECIDING)

B2 the act of deciding how to do something:

Events like these take months of careful planning.

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  • forward planning
  • The project went over budget because of a miscalculation at the planning stage.
  • strategic planning
  • We need to do some brainstorming before we get down to detailed planning.
  • Careful planning is essential if the event is to be a success.

planning noun [ U ] (DESIGNING)

C1 the process of deciding how land in a particular area will be used and designing plans for it:

the planning department of the local council

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  • The local council refused him planning permission to build an extra bedroom.
  • Our planning application was refused.
  • You'll need planning permission if you want to build an extension.
  • We've sent the drawings to the planning department.
  • She has a qualification in town and country planning.

(Definition of “planning” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"planning" in Business English

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planningnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈplænɪŋ/ us

the process of planning activities or events in an organized way so that they are successful or happen on time:

The proposed infrastructure requires investment and planning, but it is possible.
the planning process/stage/system The project is still currently at the planning stage.
Contingency planning is underway, so that if one particular system does fail it will not seriously affect our ability to regulate the securities markets.
careful/detailed planning

PROPERTY, TRANSPORT the activity of planning where buildings, roads, etc. are placed in a town or city:

city/town/urban planning

(Definition of “planning” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)