deal with

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of deal with

1 : to be about (something) : to have (something) as a subject
  • Her speech dealt with health care and the nation's economy.
  • The film deals with some serious issues.
2 : to make business agreements with (someone)
  • He deals fairly with all his customers.
  • Their salespeople are very easy to deal with.
3 : to do something about (a person or thing that causes a problem or difficult situation)
  • The government dealt harshly with the rebels.
  • I'll deal with you later.
  • We weren't able/equipped/prepared to deal with such a large crowd of people.
4 : to accept or try to accept (something that is true and cannot be changed)
  • She's still trying to deal with his death.
  • The weather is bad, but we'll just have to deal with it.

Word by Word Definitions

deal play
  1. : part, portion

  2. : a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree

  3. : the act or right of distributing cards to players

  1. : to give as one's portion : apportion

  2. : to distribute (playing cards) to players

  3. : administer, deliver

  1. : an act of dealing (see 2deal 3) : transaction

  2. : bargain

  3. : contract

  1. : a board of fir or pine

  2. : pine or fir wood



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