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Verb: deal (dealt)  dee(-u)l
  1. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    "This book deals with incest";
    - cover, treat, handle, plow [N. Amer], address, plough [Brit, Cdn]
  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. Succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
    - cope, get by, make do, contend, grapple, manage
  4. Give or provide in small portions
    "deal a blow to someone"; "deal out critical remarks to everyone present";
    - distribute, administer, mete out, parcel out, lot, dispense, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out, mete, dole
  5. Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    "She deals in gold";
    - sell, trade
  6. Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
    "I can deal with this crew of workers";
    - manage, care, handle
  7. Behave in a certain way towards others
    "He deals fairly with his employees"
  8. (card game) distribute cards to the players in a game
    "Who's dealing?"
  9. Direct the course of; manage or control
    - conduct, carry on
  10. Give out as one's portion or share
    - share, divvy up [informal], portion out, apportion, divvy [informal]
  11. (card game) give (a specific card) to a player
    "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
  12. Sell (especially of illegal material)
    "deal hashish"
Noun: deal  dee(-u)l
  1. A particular instance of buying or selling
    "it was a package deal"; "he's a master of the business deal";
    - trade, business deal, transaction
  2. An agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
    "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals";
    - bargain
  3. (often followed by 'of') a large number, amount or extent
    "a deal of trouble"; "a great deal of letters";
    - batch, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle [archaic], mint, mountain, muckle, passel [US], peck, pile [informal], plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, bunch [informal]
  4. A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
  5. Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
    - softwood
  6. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    "I didn't hold a good deal all evening";
    - hand
  7. The type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
    "he got a good deal on his car"
  8. (card game) 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"

Derived forms: dealt, dealing, deals

Type of: accumulation, acquit, act, aggregation, agreement, allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assemblage, assignation, bear, behave, board, broach, carry, collection, command, comport, conduct, control, dealing, dealings, deport, distribute, distribution, final result, give, give out, hand, hand out, initiate, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, move, outcome, parceling [US], parcelling, pass, pass on, pass out, plank, reach, result, resultant, termination, transact, transaction, turn over, understanding, wood

Part of: card game, cards

Encyclopedia: Deal, Pennsylvania