to occupy oneself or itself (usually followed by with or in):
Botany deals with the study of plants. He deals in generalities.
to take action with respect to a thing or person (followed by with):
Law courts must deal with lawbreakers.
to conduct oneself toward persons:
He deals fairly.
to be able to handle competently or successfully; cope (followed by with):
I can't deal with your personal problems.
to trade or do business (followed by with or in):
to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars.
to distribute, especially the cards in a game (often followed by out):
to deal out five hands of six cards each; your turn to deal.
Slang. to buy and sell drugs illegally.
Archaic. to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often followed by with):
to deal with the Devil.
verb (used with object), dealt, dealing.
to give to one as a share; apportion:
Deal me in.
to distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game:
Deal five cards to each player.
Cards. to give a player (a specific card) in dealing:
You dealt yourself four aces.
to deliver; administer:
to deal a blow.
Slang. to buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
Slang. to trade (an athlete) to another team.
a business transaction:
They closed the deal after a week of negotiating.
a bargain or arrangement for mutual advantage:
the best deal in town.
a secret or underhand agreement or bargain:
His supporters worked a number of deals to help his campaign.
Informal. treatment received in dealing with another:
He got a raw deal.
an indefinite but large quantity, amount, extent, or degree (usually preceded by good or great):
a good deal of work; a great deal of money.
the distribution of cards to the players in a game.
the set of cards in one's hand.
the turn of a player to deal.
the period of time during which a deal is played.
an act of dealing or distributing.
(initial capital letter) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration:
the Fair Deal; the New Deal.
Obsolete. portion; share.
Poker. to deal the final hand of a game.
Slang. to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
cut a deal, Informal. to make an agreement, especially a business agreement:
Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
deal someone in, Slang. to include:
He was making a lot of dough in the construction business so I got him to deal me in.
before 900; (v.) Middle Englishdelen,Old Englishdǣlan (cognate with Germanteilen), derivative of dǣl part (cognate with GermanTeil); (noun) in part derivative of the v.; (in defs 19 and 23)Middle Englishdeel, del(e), Old Englishdǣl
from O.E. dæl "part, share, quantity," and its verbal derivative dælan "to divide," from P.Gmc. *dailaz; also found in Balto-Slavic (cf. O.C.S. delu "part," Lith. dalis). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s; business sense is 1837, originally slang. Meaning "an amount" is from 1560s. New Deal is from F.D. Roosevelt speech of July 1932. Big deal is 1928; ironic use first recorded 1951 in "Catcher in the Rye." To deal with "handle" is attested from mid-15c. Deal breaker is attested by 1975.
"plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low Ger. (cf. M.L.G. dele), from P.Gmc. *theljon. An O.E. derivative was þelu "hewn wood, board, flooring."
town, Dover district, administrative and historic county of Kent, England, on the English Channel. The town has a natural roadstead harbour, the Downs, enclosed by the North and South Forelands and the perilous Goodwin Sands.
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