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deal

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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 card games a :  the act or right of distributing cards to players It's your deal.b :  hand 9b have time for one more deal

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


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deal

verb

Definition of deal

dealt

play \ˈdelt\;

dealing

play \ˈdē-liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to give as one's portion :  apportion dealt out three sandwiches apiece a judge dealing out punishmentsb card games :  to distribute (playing cards) to players Deal the cards.

  3. 2 :  administer, deliver dealt him a blow

  4. 3 business a :  sell deals drugsb :  trade deal a player to another team

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 card games :  to distribute the cards to players your turn to deal

  7. 2 :  to concern oneself or itself the book deals with education a lawyer who deals with real estate law

  8. 3 business a :  to engage in bargaining :  tradeb :  to sell or distribute something as a business deal in insurance

  9. 4a :  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

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.

Origin and Etymology of deal

see 1deal


First Known Use: 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.

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deal

noun

Definition of deal

  1. 1 business a :  an act of dealing (see 2deal 3) :  transaction big corporate deals a real estate dealb :  bargain got a great deal on a new TV accepted a plea dealc :  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 kept his side of the deal

  5. 5 :  affair 2 dinner was an informal deal

  6. 6 :  situation, story what is the deal with that guy? tried to figure out her deal

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

Origin and Etymology of deal

see 1deal


First Known Use: 15th century


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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 English Language Learners


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deal

verb

Definition of deal for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEAL Defined for Kids

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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


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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

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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

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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


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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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