deal

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verb

dealt ˈdelt How to pronounce deal (audio) ; dealing ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce deal (audio)

intransitive verb

1
: to concern oneself or itself
The book deals with education.
a lawyer who deals with real estate law
2
a
: to take action with regard to someone or something
deal with an offender
Who's going to deal with this mess?
b
: to reach or try to reach a state of acceptance or reconcilement
trying to deal with her son's death
3
card games : to distribute the cards to players
your turn to deal
4
business
a
: to sell or distribute something as a business
deal in insurance
b
: to engage in bargaining : trade

transitive verb

1
a
card games : to distribute (playing cards) to players
Deal the cards.
b
: to give as one's portion : apportion
dealt out three sandwiches apiece
a judge dealing out punishments
2
: administer, deliver
dealt him a blow
3
business
a
: sell
deals drugs
b
: trade
deal a player to another team
dealer noun

deal

2 of 4

noun (1)

1
business
a
: an act of dealing (see deal entry 1 sense 4) : transaction
big corporate deals
a real estate deal
b
: contract sense 1a
signed a 2-year deal
c
: bargain
got a great deal on a new TV
accepted a plea deal
2
: an arrangement for mutual advantage
kept his side of the deal
3
: treatment received
a dirty deal
4
: situation, story
What is the deal with that guy?
tried to figure out her deal
5
: mccoy
used in the phrase the real deal
6
: affair sense 2
Dinner was an informal deal.
7

deal

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noun (2)

1
: a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree
a great deal of support
a good deal faster
2
card games
a
: the act or right of distributing cards to players
It's your deal.
b
: hand sense 7b
have time for one more deal
3
obsolete : part, portion

deal

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noun (3)

1
British : a board of fir or pine
2
: pine or fir wood
deal adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of deal in a Sentence

Verb It's your turn to deal. Each player is dealt five cards. She was dealt a full house. dealing out the cards for a game of poker The offending players were dealt harsh penalties. She got caught dealing drugs in school.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
That influx increased after Hurricane Ian dealt a devastating blow to Fort Myers in 2022. James A. Jones Jr., Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 Because the restaurant now deals almost exclusively in whole fish butchered on-site — 700 to 1,000 pounds per day — Nelson has easy access to all parts of the creatures. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Those include the extent of the financial losses dealt upon the victims, the defendant’s character and history, whether any obstruction of justice had taken place, the likelihood of recidivism, and so forth. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 And Israel may be running out of time to deal more damage. Dominic Tierney, Foreign Affairs, 25 Mar. 2024 Her biggest tenants are marijuana businesses, which deal mostly in cash, as does the clientele of her consulting firm catering to Chinese immigrants. Kirsten Berg, ProPublica, 22 Mar. 2024 The industry has said if passed, the measure would put oil and gas companies out of business in Colorado and deal a huge blow to the state’s economy because of the loss of jobs and revenue generated by the industry. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, 22 Mar. 2024 After dealing narcotics took over his life and eventually sent him to prison, Indianapolis street artist Michael 'Kwazar' Martin had ample time to think about his future. The Indianapolis Star, 17 Mar. 2024 Bowyer, a bookmaker, dealt directly with Mizuhara, who placed bets on soccer matches and other sports — except for baseball — beginning in 2021, sources told ESPN. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2024
Noun
Keep scrolling for more outdoor deals available during Wayfair’s sale. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 For Butler, leaving SDSU could cost him local NIL deals predicated on his popularity here. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2024 Tuesday’s deal arrives on the heels of OpenAI preparing to launch a new tool that can recreate a person’s voice from a 15-second recording. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2024 The move is a result of the company striking a multi-billion deal to buy the championship’s exclusive rights holder, Dorna Sports. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2024 The end of his first four years in office served a series of wins for Milwaukee County after securing sales tax hike after cutting a deal, also known as Act 12, along with Milwaukee City Mayor Cavalier Johnson with the state last year. Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 The Charlotte Hornets forward certainly had a few recognizable faces to catch up with, given this was his first outing against his old team since February’s NBA trade deadline deal brought Williams here from Dallas. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 2 Apr. 2024 The rule applies to fast-food chains with at least 60 locations California's pay hike is a result of a contentious deal struck by labor leaders, including the large Service Employees International Union, and fast-food companies. Vanessa Romo, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 In the ever-evolving landscape of e-commerce, Woot stands out with its unique model of fleeting deals and substantial discounts. Gabriela Vatu, PCMAG, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2), Verb, and Noun (1)

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

Noun (3)

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

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deal was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near deal

Cite this Entry

“Deal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deal. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

deal

1 of 3 noun
1
: a large or indefinite amount or extent
means a great deal
2
a
: the act or right of passing out cards to players in a card game

deal

2 of 3 verb
dealt ˈdelt How to pronounce deal (audio) ; dealing ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce deal (audio)
1
: to give as one's portion : distribute
deal out sandwiches
deal the cards
2
: give entry 1 sense 9a
dealt him a blow
3
: to have to do : treat
the book deals with education
4
: to take action
deal with offenders
5
a
: to engage in bargaining : trade
b
: to sell or distribute something as a business
deals in insurance
dealer noun

deal

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: an act of dealing : transaction
b
: the result of bargaining : a mutual agreement
make a deal for a used car
2
: treatment received
a dirty deal
3
: an arrangement for the advantage of all involved

Legal Definition

deal

1 of 2 verb
dealt; dealing

transitive verb

: to carry on the business of buying or especially selling (something)
dealing drugs

intransitive verb

1
: to engage in bargaining
2
: to sell or distribute something as a business or for money
dealing in real estate
deal in stolen property

deal

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act of dealing : a business transaction
2
: an arrangement for mutual advantage (as for a defendant to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution)

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