verbdealt, deal·ing, deals
- To give out in shares or portions; apportion: a critic who deals out as much praise as blame. See Synonyms at distribute.
a. To distribute (playing cards) among players.
b. To give (a specific card) to a player while so distributing.
- To sell: deal prescriptions; deal cocaine.
- To administer; deliver: dealt him a blow to the stomach.
- To be occupied or concerned: a book that deals with the Middle Ages.
- To behave in a specified way toward another or others; have transactions: deal honestly with competitors.
- To take action with respect to someone or something: The committee will deal with this complaint.
- Informal To cope: I can't deal with all of this arguing!
- To do business; trade: dealing in diamonds.
- Games To distribute playing cards.
- Slang To buy and sell drugs, especially illegally.
- Baseball To throw a pitch.
Phrasal Verbs: deal in
- The act or a round of apportioning or distributing.
a. Distribution of playing cards.
b. The cards so distributed; a hand.
c. The right or turn of a player to distribute the cards.
d. The playing of one hand.
- An indefinite quantity, extent, or degree: has a great deal of experience.
An agreement, especially one that is mutually beneficial. See Synonyms at agreement
b. A business transaction: struck a deal to buy a car dealership.
c. A legal contract: signed a deal to play for a new team.
- Informal A sale favorable especially to the buyer; a bargain.
- Informal Treatment received: a raw deal; a fair deal.
- Informal The situation or background information regarding something: What's the deal with the new teacher?
To include (someone) in a card game by dealing cards to that person.To include (someone) in an enterprise or undertaking. deal out
To exclude (someone) from a card game by not giving cards to that person.To exclude (someone) from an enterprise or undertaking.
Origin of deal
Middle English delen from
Old English dǣlan to divide, share
; see dail-
in Indo-European roots.
a. A fir or pine board cut to standard dimensions.
b. Such boards or planks considered as a group.
- Fir or pine wood.
Origin of deal
Middle English dele from
Middle DutchMiddle Low German dele plank
- (often followed by of) An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
From Middle English dele, from Old English dǣl (“part, share, portion”), from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (“part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhAil- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with Scots dele (“part, portion”), West Frisian diel (“part, share”), Dutch deel (“part, share, portion”), German Teil (“part, portion, section”), Danish del (“part”), Icelandic deila (“division, contention”), Gothic (dails, “portion”). Related to Old English dāl (“portion”). More at dole.
(third-person singular simple present deals, present participle dealing, simple past and past participle dealt)
- To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one’s portion or share.
- The fighting is over; now we deal out the spoils of victory.
- To administer or give out, as in small portions.
- To distribute cards to the players in a game.
- I was dealt four aces.
- The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
- (baseball) To pitch.
- The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.
- (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
- (intransitive) To conduct oneself, to behave.
- (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in).
- She deals in gold.
- To sell, especially to sell illicit drugs.
- This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.
- (intransitive) To be concerned with.
- (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
- I can't deal with this.
- (archaic in general sense) An act of dealing or sharing.
- The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this.
- I didn’t have a good deal all evening.
- I believe it's your deal.
- A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction
- We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.
- Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
- An agreement between parties; an arrangement
- He made a deal with the devil.
- (informal) A situation, occasion, or event.
- "I've never killed anybody before. I don't see what's the big deal."
- Line spoken by character played by John Travolta in the movie Broken Arrow.
- What's the deal?
- (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
- The deal with four tines is called a pitchfork.
From Middle English delen, from Old English dǣlan (“to divide, part”), from Proto-Germanic *dailijaną (“to divide, part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰail- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with West Frisian diele (“to divide, separate”), Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dalinti (“divide”), Russian делить (delitʹ).
- (uncountable) Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
- (countable) A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
- Made of deal.
- A plain deal table
Middle Low German dele, cognate with Old English þille.