Deal definition

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An indefinite quantity, extent, or degree.

Has a great deal of experience.

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The definition of a deal is an agreement, the act of distributing cards in a game and a large amount of degree.

An example of deal is a promise to finish homework each night in exchange for one hour of television.

An example of deal is the giving of cards to each member in a poker game.

An example of deal is a great amount more than last time.

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(games) To distribute playing cards.
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(slang) To buy and sell drugs, especially illegally.
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(baseball) To throw a pitch.
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(informal) A sale favorable especially to the buyer; a bargain.
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(informal) Treatment received.

A raw deal; a fair deal.

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(informal) The situation or background information regarding something.

What's the deal with the new teacher?

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Distribution of playing cards.
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The cards so distributed; a hand.
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The right or turn of a player to distribute the cards.
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The playing of one hand.
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An agreement, especially one that is mutually beneficial.
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A business transaction.

Struck a deal to buy a car dealership.

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A legal contract.

Signed a deal to play for a new team.

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Fir or pine wood.
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A fir or pine board cut to standard dimensions.
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Such boards or planks considered as a group.
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To portion out or distribute.
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To give; administer.

To deal someone a blow.

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(informal) To trade or sell.
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(slang) To sell (illegal drugs)
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To have to do (with); concern oneself or itself.

Science deals with facts.

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To act or conduct oneself.

Deal fairly with others.

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To consider or attend to; handle; cope (with)

To deal with a problem.

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To do business; trade (with or in)

To deal with the corner grocer, to deal in cutlery.

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To distribute playing cards to the players.
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(slang) To sell illegal drugs.
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A bargain or agreement, esp. when secret or underhanded.
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The act of distributing playing cards.
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Cards dealt.
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A player's turn or right to deal.
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A round of play.
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A business transaction.
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(informal) An advantageous transaction; bargain.
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(informal) A particular kind of behavior or conduct toward another; treatment.

A square deal.

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A particular plan, policy, or administration, usually involving some sort of distribution.

The New Deal.

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An indefinite, but considerable, amount or degree.

A great deal of trouble.

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A fir or pine board of any of several sizes.
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Fir or pine wood.
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Made of deal.
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(often followed by of) An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
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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.

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To administer or give out, as in small portions.
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To distribute cards to the players in a game.

I was dealt four aces.

The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.

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(baseball) To pitch.

The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.

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(intransitive) To have dealings or business.
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(intransitive) To conduct oneself, to behave.
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(intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in).

She deals in gold.

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To sell, especially to sell illicit drugs.

This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.

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(intransitive) To be concerned with.
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(intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.

I can't deal with this.

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(archaic in general sense) An act of dealing or sharing.
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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.

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A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction.

We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.

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Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
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An agreement between parties; an arrangement.

He made a deal with the devil.

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(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?

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(informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.

The deal with four tines is called a pitchfork.

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(uncountable) Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
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(countable) A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
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Made of deal.

A plain deal table.

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Deal is defined as to distribute.

An example of deal is to give each player cards in a poker game.

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To give out in shares or portions; apportion.

A critic who deals out as much praise as blame.

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To sell.

Deal prescriptions; deal cocaine.

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To administer; deliver.

Dealt him a blow to the stomach.

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To distribute (playing cards) among players.
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To give (a specific card) to a player while so distributing.
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To be occupied or concerned.

A book that deals with the Middle Ages.

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To behave in a specified way toward another or others; have transactions.

Deal honestly with competitors.

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To take action with respect to someone or something.

The committee will deal with this complaint.

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(informal) To cope.

I can't deal with all of this arguing!

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To do business; trade.

Dealing in diamonds.

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The act or a round of apportioning or distributing.
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(informal) big deal
  • a very important or impressive person or thing
  • an exclamation of mock wonderment, admiration, joy, etc.
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do a deal
  • to arrange, settle, or conclude a transaction
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make a big deal out of
  • to attach extreme importance to; make a big fuss about
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the real deal
  • someone or something regarded as genuine, valid, of superior quality, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deal
Plural:
deals

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

do a deal
make a big deal out of
the real deal

Origin of deal

  • Middle English delen from Old English dǣlan to divide, share dail- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English dele from Middle Dutch Middle Low German dele plank

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle Low German dele, cognate with Old English þille.

    From Wiktionary