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deal

play
noun \ˈdēl\

Definition of deal

  1. 1 obsolete :  part, portion

  2. 2 :  a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree <a great deal of support> <a good deal faster>

  3. 3 a :  the act or right of distributing cards to players in a card game b :  hand 9b



Origin and Etymology of deal

Middle English deel, from Old English dǣl; akin to Old English dāl division, portion, Old High German teil part


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

deal

verb

Simple Definition of deal

  • : to give cards to the players in a card game

  • : to give (something or an amount of something) to someone

  • : to buy and sell (drugs, art, etc.) as a business

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deal

dealt

play \ˈdelt\

dealing

play \ˈdē-liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give as one's portion :  apportion <tried to deal justice to all> <dealt out three sandwiches apiece> b :  to distribute (playing cards) to players in a game

  3. 2 :  administer, deliver <dealt him a blow>

  4. 3 a :  sell <deals drugs> b :  trade <deal a player to another team>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to distribute the cards in a card game

  7. 2 :  to concern oneself or itself <the book deals with education>

  8. 3 a :  to engage in bargaining :  trade b :  to sell or distribute something as a business <deal in insurance>

  9. 4 a :  to take action with regard to someone or something <deal with an offender> b :  to reach or try to reach a state of acceptance or reconcilement <trying to deal with her son's death>

dealer

play \ˈdē-lər\ noun

Examples of deal in a sentence

  1. It's your turn to deal.

  2. Each player is dealt five cards.

  3. She was dealt a full house.

  4. dealing out the cards for a game of poker

  5. The offending players were dealt harsh penalties.

  6. She got caught dealing drugs in school.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of deal

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of deal

distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts <distributed food to the needy>. dispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need <dispensed wisdom to the students>. divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal <three charitable groups divided the proceeds>. deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece <deal out equipment and supplies>. dole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply <doled out what little food there was>.

3

deal

noun

Definition of deal

  1. 1 a :  an act of dealing :  transaction b :  bargain c :  contract 1a <signed a 2-year deal>

  2. 2 :  package deal

  3. 3 :  treatment received <a dirty deal>

  4. 4 :  an arrangement for mutual advantage

  5. 5 :  affair 2 <dinner was an informal deal>

  6. 6 :  situation, story <what is the deal with that guy?>

  7. 7 :  mccoy —used in the phrase the real deal



15th Century

First Known Use of deal

15th century


4

deal

noun

Definition of deal

  1. 1 British :  a board of fir or pine

  2. 2 :  pine or fir wood

deal

adjective


Origin and Etymology of deal

Middle English dele, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, plank; akin to Old High German dili plank — more at thill


First Known Use: 14th century



DEAL Defined for Kids

1

deal

play
noun \ˈdēl\

Definition of deal for Students

  1. 1 :  an indefinite amount <It means a great deal to me.>

  2. 2 :  a person's turn to pass out the cards in a card game




2

deal

play
verb

Definition of deal for Students

dealt

\ˈdelt\

dealing

\ˈdē-liŋ\
  1. 1 :  to give out as a person's share <It's your turn to deal the cards.> <The judge dealt out justice to all.>

  2. 2 :  1give 8, administer <“… he has done mischief; and blows must be dealt now.” — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book>

  3. 3 :  to have to do <This book deals with airplanes.>

  4. 4 :  to take action <The sheriff dealt with the outlaws.>

  5. 5 :  to buy and sell regularly :  trade <deals cars>

dealer

\ˈdē-lər\ noun



3

deal

play
noun

Definition of deal for Students

  1. 1 :  an agreement to do business <We made a deal to trade baseball cards.>

  2. 2 :  treatment received <We got a bad deal from the ref.>

  3. 3 :  an arrangement that is good for everyone involved <The two sides agreed on a deal to end the dispute.>




Law Dictionary

1

deal

verb

Legal Definition of deal

dealt

dealing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to carry on the business of buying or especially selling (something) <dealing drugs>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to engage in bargaining

  5. 2 :  to sell or distribute something as a business or for money <dealing in real estate> <deal in stolen property>




2

deal

noun

Legal Definition of deal

  1. 1 :  an act of dealing :  a business transaction

  2. 2 :  an arrangement for mutual advantage (as for a defendant to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution)





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