deal1/dil/USA pronunciationv.,dealt/dɛlt/USA pronunciation deal•ing,n. v.
[ not: be + ~-ing; ~ + with + obj] to be about; to be concerned with; to have to do with:Botany deals with the study of plants.
[ ~ + with + obj] to take necessary action with respect to a thing or person; to handle or see to:Law courts deal with criminals.
[ ~ + with + obj] to act, behave, or conduct oneself toward persons:You have to learn how to deal with all sorts of people.
to trade or do business:[~ + in/with + object]to deal in used cars.
to deliver; administer: [ ~ + obj + to + obj]:to deal a heavy blow to his opponent.[ ~ + obj + obj]:He dealt his opponent a heavy blow.
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.
Slang Termsto buy and sell (drugs) illegally: [no obj]:He was dealing when we arrested him.[~ + object]dealing all sorts of drugs.
to occupy oneself or itself (usually fol. 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 (fol. 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 (fol. by with):I can't deal with your personal problems.
to trade or do business (fol. by with or in):to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars.
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.
Slang Termsto buy and sell drugs illegally.
[Archaic.]to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often fol. by with):to deal with the Devil.
to give to one as a share; apportion:Deal me in.
Gamesto distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game:Deal five cards to each player.
Games[Cards.]to give a player (a specific card) in dealing:You dealt yourself four aces.
to deliver; administer:to deal a blow.
Slang Termsto buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
Slang Termsto trade (an athlete) to another team.
Games[Poker.]to deal the final hand of a game.
Slang Termsto get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
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.
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 Termstreatment received in dealing with another:He got a raw deal.
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.
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.
Government(cap.) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration:the Fair Deal; the New Deal.
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.
Buildinga board or plank, esp. of fir or pine, cut to any of various standard sizes.