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deal

noun (1)

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(Entry 1 of 3)

a considerable amount
  • there is a great deal of waste in government

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deal

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Synonyms & Antonyms of deal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 an arrangement about action to be taken
  • we made a deal to cooperate on the next assignment

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2 the transfer of ownership of something from one person to another for a price
  • we closed the deal for the house last week

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3 a formal agreement to fulfill an obligation
  • if the other party backs out of the deal after it's signed, you can sue

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4 position with regard to conditions and circumstances
  • we don't yet know what the deal is with the new manager

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5 something bought or offered for sale at a desirable price
  • that mail-order sweater isn't such a great deal after you factor in the cost of shipping and handling

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deal

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1 to carry on the business of buying and selling goods or other property
  • that store deals in used furniture

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2 to talk over or dispute the terms of a purchase
  • you're going to have to learn how to deal if you want to buy a car at a fair price

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How does the verb deal differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of deal are dispense, distribute, divide, and dole out. While all these words mean "to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group," deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece.

deal out equipment and supplies

When could dispense be used to replace deal?

In some situations, the words dispense and deal are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When is distribute a more appropriate choice than deal?

Although the words distribute and deal have much in common, distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts.

distributed food to the needy

When can divide be used instead of deal?

The words divide and deal are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, divide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal.

three charitable groups divided the proceeds

When is it sensible to use dole out instead of deal?

The synonyms dole out and deal are sometimes interchangeable, but 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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The first known use of deal was before the 12th century

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“Deal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/deal. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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