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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 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




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

Full Definition of deal

dealt play \ˈdelt\ deal·ing 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>

deal·er play \ˈdē-lər\ noun

Examples of deal

  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>.




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




Definition of deal

  1. 1 British :  a board of fir or pine

  2. 2 :  pine or fir wood

deal adjective

Origin 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

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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