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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The final knockout blow was dealt when junior defensive end Leonidas Mata picked up a fumble by East quarterback Austin Johnson and proceeded to rumble 30 yards back the other way for a touchdown with 5:40 left in the game.—Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 If the Padres wait until the trade deadline to deal Soto, they’re left with relative crumbs in such a tight window.—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Like Sanderson, Seguin was so many years short of the UFA threshold that the deal left the Bruins with a protracted window, until July 1, 2017, to deal him.—Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 House Republicans have alleged Hunter Biden's various business dealing enriched the Biden family and have suggested, without hard evidence, that the president profited.—Major Garrett, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2023 He was dealt to the Cubs for two months for infielder Javier Báez at the trade deadline a year later, a deal that backfired spectacularly for the Mets, who lost 11 of their first 14 games with Báez in the lineup and didn’t come close to making the playoffs.—Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 There are plenty of great early Prime Day shoe deals to browse right now.—Malia Griggs, SELF, 11 Sep. 2023 Brenda’s grandmother is the strongest influence, passing on witchy traditions rooted in folkloric beliefs around birth and death, while Alex’s mentor figure is an elderly German sheep farmer and small-time crook (Lars Rudolph) who appears to have been dealt a pretty tough hand in life himself.—Catherine Bray, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 The Suns traded for Beal in the offseason in dealing Chris Paul to the Washington Wizards.—Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2023
The 35-year-old quarterback in the final year of his deal watched the tape five times.—Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 On the film sales front, few deals were unveiled in Toronto as the strikes and SAG-AFTRA restrictions kept buyers from either traveling to Toronto or making deals for acquisition titles on the ground.—Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Sep. 2023 Multiple rounds of negotiations with a federal mediator have so far failed to result in a deal for the Merrimack Valley nurses, and in August, the nurses voted 33-1 to authorize a strike, according to the union.—Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 But the ultimate impact of the strike depends on things like how long the strike lasts, if companies lay off workers at other plants, how many workers walk off their jobs and how long the unions and companies take to negotiate a deal.—Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 Gose, under a minor league deal, is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.—Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2023 While a deal has not formally been struck and provisions could change, Republicans hope to take the temperature of the conference on the possible continuing resolution through the weekend.—Marianna Sotomayor, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Amy B Wang, Jacqueline Alemany, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023 At the time, the government and Microsoft ultimately reached a settlement of five years, where the tech company was required to avoid exclusive deals that could be anti-competitive and publicly disclose pricing schemes for computer-makers.—Inyoung Choi, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2023 The latter made headlines with their recent UPS deal that saw interest in applying to become a delivery driver soar.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023 See More
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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
Middle English dele, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, plank; akin to Old High German dili plank — more at thill