UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdiːl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/dil/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dēl)

Inflections of 'deal' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
deal1 /dil/USA pronunciation   v.,  dealt/dɛlt/USA pronunciation  deal•ing, n. 
  1. [ not: be + ~-ing;
    + with + obj] to be about;
    to be concerned with;
    to have to do with:Botany deals with the study of plants.
  2. [ + with + obj] to take necessary action with respect to a thing or person;
    to handle or see to:Law courts deal with criminals.
  3. [ + with + obj] to act, behave, or conduct oneself toward persons:You have to learn how to deal with all sorts of people.
  4. to trade or do business:[+ in/with + object]to deal in used cars.
  5. to deliver;
    administer: [ + obj + to + obj]:to deal a heavy blow to his opponent.[ + obj + obj]:He dealt his opponent a heavy blow.
  6. Gamesto give out or distribute something, such as playing cards, among a number of people: [no obj]:Whose turn is it to deal?[ + obj]:The person on the left deals the cards.[+ object + to + object]I dealt two cards to each player.[+ object + object]I dealt each player two cards.[+ out + object]I dealt out the children's allowances one by one.
  7. Slang Termsto buy and sell (drugs) illegally: [no obj]:He was dealing when we arrested him.[+ object]dealing all sorts of drugs.

n. [countable]
  1. a business transaction or arrangement:The company will make a deal with a Japanese firm.
  2. an arrangement in which both sides benefit:the best deal in town.
  3. a secret or underhand agreement or bargain:made some deals to get the bill passed.
  4. Informal Termstreatment received in dealing with another:He got a raw deal when he was fired.
  5. Games
    • the set of playing cards in one's hand.
  1. a great or good deal (of), an unknown but large quantity or amount (of);
    a lot (of):has a great deal of money to spend; feels a good deal better.
  2. Idiomsdeal someone in, [+ object + in][Slang.]to include someone:If this is a plot to get revenge on him, then deal me in.

deal•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
deal1  (dēl),USA pronunciation v.,  dealt, deal•ing, n. 
  1. to occupy oneself or itself (usually fol. by with or in):Botany deals with the study of plants. He deals in generalities.
  2. to take action with respect to a thing or person (fol. by with):Law courts must deal with lawbreakers.
  3. to conduct oneself toward persons:He deals fairly.
  4. to be able to handle competently or successfully;
    cope (fol. by with):I can't deal with your personal problems.
  5. to trade or do business (fol. by with or in):to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars.
  6. to distribute, esp. the cards in a game (often fol. by out):to deal out five hands of six cards each; your turn to deal.
  7. Slang Termsto buy and sell drugs illegally.
  8. [Archaic.]to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often fol. by with):to deal with the Devil.

  1. to give to one as a share;
    apportion:Deal me in.
  2. Gamesto distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game:Deal five cards to each player.
  3. Games[Cards.]to give a player (a specific card) in dealing:You dealt yourself four aces.
  4. to deliver;
    administer:to deal a blow.
  5. Slang Termsto buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
  6. Slang Termsto trade (an athlete) to another team.
  7. deal off: 
    • Games[Poker.]to deal the final hand of a game.
    • Slang Termsto get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
  8. Slang Terms, Idiomsdeal someone in, to include:He was making a lot of dough in the construction business so I got him to deal me in.

  1. a business transaction:They closed the deal after a week of negotiating.
  2. a bargain or arrangement for mutual advantage:the best deal in town.
  3. a secret or underhand agreement or bargain:His supporters worked a number of deals to help his campaign.
  4. Informal Termstreatment received in dealing with another:He got a raw deal.
  5. an indefinite but large quantity, amount, extent, or degree (usually prec. by good or great):a good deal of work; a great deal of money.
  6. Games[Cards.]
    • 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.
  7. an act of dealing or distributing.
  8. Government(cap.) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration:the Fair Deal; the New Deal.
  9. [Obs.]portion;
  10. Idiomscut a deal, [Informal.]to make an agreement, esp. a business agreement:Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English delen, Old English dǣlan (cognate with German teilen), derivative of dǣl part (cognate with German Teil); (noun, nominal) in part derivative of the verb, verbal; (in defs. 21 and 25) Middle English deel, del(e), Old English dǣl
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged act, behave.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged traffic.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged allot, assign, dole;
      mete, dispense.
    • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pact, contract.

deal2  (dēl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga board or plank, esp. of fir or pine, cut to any of various standard sizes.
  2. Buildingsuch boards collectively.
  3. Buildingfir or pine wood.

  1. Buildingmade of deal.
  • Middle Low German or Middle Dutch; see thill
  • late Middle English dele 1375–1425

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deal /diːl/ vb (deals, dealing, dealt /dɛlt/)
  1. (intransitive) followed by in: to engage (in) commercially: to deal in upholstery
  2. (often followed by out) to apportion (something, such as cards) to a number of people; distribute
  3. (transitive) to give (a blow) to (someone); inflict
  4. (intransitive) slang to sell any illegal drug
  1. informal a bargain, transaction, or agreement
  2. a particular type of treatment received, esp as the result of an agreement: a fair deal
  3. an indefinite amount, extent, or degree (esp in the phrases good or great deal)
  4. the process of distributing the cards
  5. a player's turn to do this
  6. a single round in a card game
  7. See big deal
  8. cut a dealinformal chiefly US to come to an arrangement; make a deal
    See also deal with
  9. the real dealinformal a person or thing seen as being authentic and not inferior in any way
Etymology: Old English dǣlan, from dǣl a part; compare Old High German teil a part, Old Norse deild a share
deal /diːl/ n
  1. a plank of softwood timber, such as fir or pine, or such planks collectively
  2. the sawn wood of various coniferous trees, such as that from the Scots pine (red deal) or from the Norway Spruce (white deal)
  1. of fir or pine
Etymology: 14th Century: from Middle Low German dele plank; see thill
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Deal /diːl/ n
  1. a town in SE England, in Kent, on the English Channel: two 16th-century castles: tourism, light industries. Pop: 96 670 (2003 est)
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