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Dictionary Definition

deal adj : made of fir or pine; "a plain deal table"


1 a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal" [syn: trade, business deal]
2 an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; "he made a bargain with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals" [syn: bargain]
3 (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty" [syn: batch, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
4 a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
5 wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir) [syn: softwood]
6 the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand" [syn: hand]
7 the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"
8 the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"
9 the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"


1 deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: cover, treat, handle, plow, address]
2 take action with respect to (someone or something); "How are we going to deal with this problem?"; "The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students"
3 take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: consider, take, look at]
4 come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, manage]
5 administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete out, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out]
6 do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes" [syn: sell, trade]
7 be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old" [syn: manage, care, handle]
8 behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly with his employees"
9 distribute to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
10 direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct business like this" [syn: conduct, carry on]
11 give out as one's portion or share [syn: share, divvy up, portion out, apportion]
12 give (a specific card) to a player; "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
13 sell; "deal hashish" [also: dealt]

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • /diːl/
  • /di:l/
  • Rhymes: -iːl

Etymology 1

Old English dǣl.


  1. A division, a portion, a share.
    We gave three deals of grain in tribute to the king.
  2. (often followed by of) A quantity, a lot (usually qualified by great or good.)
    Skydiving requires a good deal of courage.
    I'm a good deal older than I used to be.
    That doesn't make a great deal of sense.
  3. One of or all the hands dealt in one round of a card game.
    A deal to more than four players in a game of seven-card stud could mean the deck is exhausted before the hand is played out.
  4. A situation.
    What's the deal?
  5. An occasion, an 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.
  6. A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
    The deal with four tines is called a fork.
large number or amount or extent
act of apportioning or distributing something

Etymology 2

dælan, from *|delja-, from *|dʰail-. Cognate with Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dailiti, Russian делить.


  1. 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.
  2. To administer or give out, as in small portions.
    I dealt him a mighty blow
  3. To distribute cards to the players in a game.
    I was dealt four aces.
    The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
  4. To pitch.
    The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.
  5. To have dealings or business.
    Now you'll have to deal with me.
  6. To trade professionally (followed by in)
    She deals in gold.
  7. To sell (illicit drugs.)
    This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.
  8. To be concerned with.
    The film dealt with a sensitive subject.
  9. To handle, to manage, to cope.
    There's only one way to deal with people like her.
    I can't deal with this.
Derived terms
give out as one’s portion or share
administer in portions
  • Dutch: delen
  • German: austeilen, zuteilen
  • Portuguese: lidar
  • Russian: наносить (nanosít’)
  • Swedish: dela
distribute (cards)
baseball slang: to pitch
sell (illicit drugs)
be concerned with
handle, manage
  • Dutch: behandelen, regelen
  • German: behandeln, bearbeiten
  • Portuguese: lidar


  1. 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.
  2. A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction
    We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.
  3. An agreement between parties; an arrangement
    He made a deal with the devil.
    It's a deal!
distribution of cards
  • Finnish: jako
  • French: pli, donne
  • Polish: rozdanie kart
  • Russian: сдача (sdáča)
  • Swedish: giv
instance of buying or selling
agreement, arrangement

Etymology 3

Middle Low German dele, cognate with Old English þille


  1. Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir.)
  2. A plank of softwood (fir or pine board.)
  • (wood that is easy to saw, from conifers such as pine or fir):
  • (plank of softwood):
wood that is easy to saw
  • German: Bohle
plank of softwood
  • German: Planke


  1. Made of deal.
    A plain deal table
made of deal


Translations to be checked



From a language. Compare Croatian dol.


deal and

Extensive Definition

Deal may refer to:

Deal as a Surname

Deal is a family name taken from Deal, Kent, England.
  • Cot Deal (born 1923), major league baseball pitcher and coach
  • Kim Deal (born 1961), singer, guitarist and bassist
  • Nathan Deal (born 1942), American politician
surname nocat
deal in German: Deal
deal in Dutch: Deal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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