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1deal

noun \ˈdēl\

Definition of DEAL

1
obsolete :  part, portion
2
:  a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree <a great deal of support> <a good deal faster>
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 ̄l; akin to Old English dāl division, portion, Old High German teil part
First Known Use: before 12th century

2deal

verb

: 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

dealt \ˈdelt\ deal·ing \ˈdē-liŋ\

Full Definition of DEAL

transitive verb
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
2
:  administer, deliver <dealt him a blow>
3
a :  sell <deals drugs>
b :  trade <deal a player to another team>
intransitive verb
1
:  to distribute the cards in a card game
2
:  to concern oneself or itself <the book deals with education>
3
a :  to engage in bargaining :  trade
b :  to sell or distribute something as a business <deal in insurance>
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 \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.

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>.

3deal

noun

Definition of DEAL

1
a :  an act of dealing :  transaction
b :  bargain
c :  contract 1a <signed a 2-year deal>
3
:  treatment received <a dirty deal>
4
:  an arrangement for mutual advantage
5
:  affair 2 <dinner was an informal deal>
6
:  situation, story <what is the deal with that guy?>
7
:  mccoy —used in the phrase the real deal

First Known Use of DEAL

15th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

4deal

noun

Definition of DEAL

1
British :  a board of fir or pine
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
DEALT Defined for Kids

1deal

noun \ˈdēl\

Definition of DEAL for Kids

1
:  an indefinite amount <It means a great deal to me.>
2
:  a person's turn to pass out the cards in a card game

2deal

verb
dealt \ˈdelt\deal·ing \ˈdē-liŋ\

Definition of DEAL for Kids

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
:  1give 8, administer <“… he has done mischief; and blows must be dealt now.” — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book>
3
:  to have to do <This book deals with airplanes.>
4
:  to take action <The sheriff dealt with the outlaws.>
5
:  to buy and sell regularly :  trade <deals cars>
deal·er \ˈdē-lər\ noun

3deal

noun

Definition of DEAL for Kids

1
:  an agreement to do business <We made a deal to trade baseball cards.>
2
:  treatment received <We got a bad deal from the ref.>
3
:  an arrangement that is good for everyone involved <The two sides agreed on a deal to end the dispute.>

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