Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a particular instance of buying or selling
    I had no further trade with him
    he's a master of the business deal
  2. (noun, communication) an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
    he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals
  3. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  4. (noun, substance) a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
  5. (noun, substance) wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
  6. (noun, group) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    he kept trying to see my hand
  7. (noun, event) the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
  8. (noun, act) the act of distributing playing cards
  9. (noun, act) the act of apportioning or distributing something
  10. (verb, communication) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    The course covered all of Western Civilization
    The new book treats the history of China
  11. (verb, cognition) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
    Consider the following case
  12. (verb, social) take action with respect to (someone or something)
    The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students
  13. (verb, social) come to terms with
    They made do on half a loaf of bread every day
  14. (verb, possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions
    dole out some money
    shell out pocket money for the children
    deal a blow to someone
    the machine dispenses soft drinks
  15. (verb, possession) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    The brothers sell shoes
  16. (verb, social) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
    This blender can't handle nuts
    She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old
  17. (verb, social) behave in a certain way towards others
  18. (verb, possession) distribute cards to the players in a game
  19. (verb, social) direct the course of; manage or control
  20. (verb, possession) give out as one's portion or share
  21. (verb, possession) give (a specific card) to a player
  22. (verb, possession) sell

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Alternate forms of Deal

Derivations: deal, dealer, dealing, dealings

Hyponyms: abstract, administer, administrate, allot, apply, arms deal, assign, black marketeer, bridge hand, carry on, come to grips, conduct, contemplate, coordinate, cope with, cut, dally, deal, deluge, direct, discourse, discuss, dispose of, extemporize, fair deal, fend, flood, get to grips, give, hack, hawk, haymow, huckster, improvise, inundation, juggle, market, match, meet, mind, misconduct, misdeal, mishandle, mismanage, monger, new deal, organise, organize, peddle, penny ante, pitch, play, poker hand, portion, process, pulpwood, push, pyramid, racketeer, raw deal, reallot, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, square deal, squeak by, squeeze by, take care, talk about, theologise, theologize, torrent, touch, trifle, vend, warm to, work

Hypernyms: accumulation, acquit, act, administer, aggregation, agreement, allocation, allot, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assemblage, assignation, bear, behave, board, broach, care, carry, collection, command, comport, conduct, control, deal, deal out, dealing, dealings, deport, dish out, dispense, distribute, distribution, dole out, final result, give, give out, hand, hand out, handle, initiate, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, lot, manage, mete out, move, outcome, parcel out, parceling, parcelling, pass, pass on, pass out, plank, reach, result, resultant, sell, shell out, termination, think about, trade, transact, transaction, turn over, understanding, wood

Origin of the word Deal

  1. from O.E. d?l "part, share, quantity," and its verbal derivative d?lan "to divide," from P.Gmc. *dailaz; also found in Balto-Slavic (cf. O.C.S. delu "part," Lith. dalis). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s; business sense is 1837, originally slang. Meaning "an amount" is from 1560s. New Deal is from F.D. Roosevelt… more
  2. "plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low Ger. (cf. M.L.G. dele), from P.Gmc. *theljon. An O.E. derivative was ?elu "hewn wood, board, flooring." more

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