What is the meaning of deal?


  • A particular instance of buying or selling.
    • usage: "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal"
  • An agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each.
    • usage: "he made a bargain with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"
  • Often followed by `of'. ( a large number or amount or extent)
    • usage: "a batch of letters"; "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"
  • A plank of softwood (fir or pine board. )
  • Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir.
  • The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time.
    • usage: "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"
  • The type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement. )
    • usage: "he got a good deal on his car"
  • The act of distributing playing cards.
    • usage: "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"
  • The act of apportioning or distributing something.
    • usage: "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"


  • Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression.
    • usage: "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
  • Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes.
    • usage: "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
  • Take action with respect to (someone or something. )
    • usage: "How are we going to deal with this problem"; "The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students"
  • Come to terms with.
    • usage: "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
  • Administer or bestow, as in small portions.
    • usage: "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
  • Do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood.
    • usage: "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
  • Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of.
    • usage: "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
  • Behave in a certain way towards others.
    • usage: "He deals fairly with his employees"
  • Distribute cards to the players in a game.
    • usage: "Who's dealing"
  • Direct the course of; manage or control.
    • usage: "You cannot conduct business like this"
  • Give out as one's portion or share.
  • Give (a specific card) to a player.
    • usage: "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
  • Sell.
    • usage: "deal hashish"
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