There are 2 definitions of deal in English:

deal1

Syllabification: deal
Pronunciation: /dēl
 
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verb (past and past participle dealt /delt/)

1 [with object] Distribute (cards) in an orderly rotation to the players for a game or round: the cards were dealt for the last hand [with two objects]: figurative fate dealt her a different hand
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  • In this casino banking game three cards are dealt to each player and two face down to the dealer.
  • The cards will be dealt by the player on declarer's left, and cut by the player opposite to declarer.
  • Next, a third hole card is dealt to each player, followed by another round of betting.
Synonyms
distribute, give out, share out, divide out, hand out, pass out, pass around, dole out, dispense, allocate
informal divvy up
1.1 (deal someone in) Include a new player in a card game by giving them cards.
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  • Adam gave Rocky an annoyed look, but gathered the cards to deal him in.
  • Europe says deal us in: despite record dollar vs. euro rates, or perhaps because of them, there are some unusual deals and low prices for rooms in parts of Europe.
  • We would have dealt them in a different time, I think.
1.2Distribute or mete out (something) to a person or group: the funds raised were dealt out to the needy
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  • Children were pulled out of their seats by their hair and beatings with the leather belt were dealt out to all.
  • The same treatment is dealt out to a young mother, who has given birth out of wedlock, and to a pretty young temptress, merely because it is felt that her blossoming good looks may undermine her future.
  • The stakes were upped last Monday when the consequences of last summer's direct action protest were dealt out at Dingwall Sheriff Court.
2 [no object] Take part in commercial trading of a particular commodity: directors were prohibited from dealing in the company’s shares
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  • Companies dealing in commodities, for instance, still find quality and price the foremost factors in attracting customers.
  • Since their arrival in Europe, Roma have been self-employed artisans, entertainers, and middle men dealing in various commodities.
  • The bank hopes that it will attract potential customers like wholesalers and retailers dealing in commodity trading, white goods and automobiles.
Synonyms
trade in, buy and sell; sell, peddle, purvey, supply, stock, market, merchandise; traffic, smuggle
informal push
2.1Be concerned with: a movie that deals in ideas and issues
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  • It chiefly concerns one Alex-Li Tandem, who deals in fame, obtaining, verifying and selling autographs.
  • He would not learn here that the law deals in objective truth, that it is concerned with fact.
  • Hollywood deals in illusions, Arnold has always sought the truth, and that is why her famous pictures of Marilyn Monroe feel like glimpses of a living woman rather than coldly iconic memorials.
Synonyms
concern, be about, have to do with, discuss, consider, cover, pertain to; tackle, study, explore, investigate, examine, review, analyze
2.2 informal Buy and sell illegal drugs: [with object]: Frankie started dealing cocaine
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  • During questioning, both agents admitted to the offence and told officers they'd been dealing in the illegal drugs for a long time.
  • People caught dealing marijuana, or using or dealing most other drugs still face stiff criminal penalties.
  • My parents have come to the conclusion that Rich deals and sells drugs.
3 [no object] (deal with) Take measures concerning (someone or something), especially with the intention of putting something right: the government had been unable to deal with the economic crisis
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  • Every once in a while a coach must deal with issues concerning respect.
  • Trained volunteers will deal with residents' concerns, passing them on to the relevant authority.
  • She added that the functions of the Liaison Officers would include dealing with concerns and needs of tenants in regard to estate management and maintenance.
Synonyms
cope with, handle, manage, treat, take care of, take charge of, take in hand, sort out, tackle, take on; control; act toward, behave toward
3.1Cope with (a difficult person or situation): you’ll have to find a way of dealing with those feelings
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  • Are you living with parents who don't understand you, coping with divorce and adoption, or dealing with sensitive and difficult situations like illness or abuse?
  • You are confident, gracious and just when dealing with difficult people and situations in the family.
  • But he had a difficult situation to deal with, and there was no perfect resolution.
3.2 [with adverbial] Treat (someone) in a particular way: life had dealt harshly with her
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  • She said: ‘It is important that people who think they are above the law, and use guns to instill fear in the public, are dealt with harshly.’
  • ‘The players have been harshly dealt with by the media,’ he says.
  • Spammers are jeopardizing what is probably the most significant communication tool in history, and they deserve to be dealt with harshly.
3.3Have relations with (a person or organization), especially in a commercial context: the bank deals directly with the private sector
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  • The concept of customer is used in this book in a wide sense to describe anyone who deals with a bank in relation to a banking service.
  • A public relations company dealing with the Plaza declined to confirm whether the rumours were true.
  • Why should not directors and shareholders dealing with each other in relation to the latter's shares be treated as operating at arm's length?
3.4Take or have as a subject; discuss: the novel deals with several different topics
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  • The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a proliferation of novels dealing with the subject of music.
  • It is a molecular study, but discusses and deals with morphological information in a reasonable way.
  • The first two chapters deal exclusively with economic theory.
4 [with two objects] Inflict (a blow) on (someone or something): hopes of an economic recovery were dealt another blow
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  • The Scottish economy has been dealt a new blow by figures that show exports have nosedived in the last quarter despite a solid performance from the rest of the UK.
  • Stainforth is just one of the communities that will be dealt a body blow if Hatfield colliery shuts.
  • Apparently ‘marriage as we know it’ has been dealt a ‘death blow’.
Synonyms
deliver, administer, dispense, inflict, give, impose; aim

noun

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1An agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context: the band signed a major recording deal
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  • Mr Firth said that Yorkshire business people were also becoming better networkers and he expected many businesses to benefit from deals secured at the event.
  • Financial matters and business deals are arranged according to your directions.
  • I like what I do and I've been involved in a number of deals, negotiations and business transactions which have proved satisfying.
Synonyms
1.1An attractive price on a commodity for a purchaser; a bargain: we’ve got great deals on the latest camcorders
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  • Finally, we should face the fact that health insurance is not an attractive deal for many young, healthy people.
  • To make the deal even more attractive, the fuel could be offered at reduced prices.
  • He'd lost only two men to their fourteen, and he decided it was a hell of a deal considering the price those wagons had been carrying.
1.2 [with adjective] A particular form of treatment given or received: working mothers get a raw deal
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  • The mark guarantees workers such as tea pluckers in Sri Lanka and banana farmers in the Windward Islands receive a reasonable deal.
  • The expectations are not always met and we always want to believe that we are at the receiving end of a bad deal all the time.
  • A Conservative government with its ridiculous position of re-negotiating agreed treaties will only result in a bad deal for Britain.
2A significant but unspecified amount of something: he lost a great deal of blood
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  • A great deal of time and attention has been put toward terrestrial conservation issues in the past few decades.
  • A great deal of our time was spent in speculating if the atmosphere on her planet was just thinner than ours.
  • A great deal of the money that we spend in public schools goes into staff salaries and benefits.
3 [in singular] The process of distributing the cards to players in a card game.
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  • After the deal but before the players pick up their cards, the top card of each hand is turned up.
  • The player who received the first card from the deal may be known as eldest hand, or as forehand.
  • In the old days, maybe a few hundred dollars rode on the last deal of a card in five stud or five draw.
3.1A player’s turn to distribute cards.
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  • After each hand, the deal passes to next player to the left of the previous dealer who is still in.
  • In baccarat the deal goes counterclockwise around the table from player to player.
  • If both players pass, the bones are thrown in and the deal passes to the next player.
3.2The round of play following this.
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  • So even if you fold, you may still get the chance to win the current pot on the following deal.
  • This can be done at any time during the deal by an active player who has a card matching their score.
  • From the second deal onwards, players form partnerships according to their scores.
3.3The set of hands dealt to the players.
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  • If all four players pass, the deal is abandoned, and the next dealer deals.
  • There may be cards left on the table after everyone has played their cards from the first deal.
  • As usual, it is suggested that the reader copies the deal and follows the play.

Origin

Old English dǣlan 'divide', 'participate', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deel and German Teil 'part' (noun), also to dole1. The sense 'divide' gave rise to 'distribute', hence sense 1 of the verb and sense 4 of the verb ; the sense 'participate' gave rise to 'have dealings with', hence sense 2 of the verb and sense 3 of the verb.

Phrases

a big deal

[usually with negative] informal A thing considered important: they don’t make a big deal out of minor irritations
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  • We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.
  • Failing to cover such an important community event would not be a big deal if a local radio station was on air.
  • As you might imagine, this is quite a big deal for landowners, and is important to keep sites open.
An important person: Sam Kinison became a big deal
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  • Bowie and friends became a big deal, and Mick Rock along with them.
  • But the wheel has turned full circle, and Dillon is once again a big deal.
  • I think I finally get why everyone thinks he's such a big deal.
(big deal) Used to express one’s contempt for something regarded as impressive or important by another person.
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  • If he yells and waves his arms around too much to make a convincing weather girl, big deal.
  • But even if she was looking up something slightly more unsavoury, again, big deal.
  • So you might get a black eye - big deal, that's the last resort of a thick bully who has no more words to throw, but you still win.

a good (or great) deal

A large amount: I don’t know a great deal about politics
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  • Her outward appearance was no more than a child of sixteen, but she was, in reality, a good deal over five hundred.
  • I think in the aspect of being a person who has a great deal to overcome and a great amount of love to give.
  • The reason why we are in the middle of such a cold epoch has a great deal to do with the positioning of the land masses.
Synonyms
a lot, a large amount, a fair amount, much, plenty
informal lots, loads, heaps, bags, masses, tons, stacks
To a considerable extent: she had gotten to know him a good deal better
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  • The second reason seems to be a good deal more plausible than the first.
  • The autism appeal may have achieved a great deal, but there is still a great deal more that needs to be done.
  • This book is a good deal better than most, and a good deal easier to read.

cut a deal

informal Make an agreement: he had gone to the board of directors with his new robot design and cut a deal
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  • Two sides have cut a deal to attack and destroy the third.
  • Rock band U2 has cut a deal with Apple Computer to sell custom iPods promoting the band's forthcoming album.
  • Dialogue with both countries to cut a deal will commence in secret (although what this will accomplish is still unknown).

it's a deal

informal Used to express one’s assent to an agreement.
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  • Okay, if you can come up with another 200,000 units and make delivery by August 1, it's a deal.
  • And Gorbachev said, it's a deal, or however he would say that in Russian.
  • If it means we don't have to go out with you, love, it's a deal.

the deal

informal The situation or state of affairs: what’s the deal with you and that guy? big double standards exist, but he knows the deal
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  • Everyone else on tour knew the deal with Michael except Jessica.
  • So what's the deal with you and Eric?
  • What's the deal with your parents? Are they married or divorced?

the real deal

informal A person or thing considered to be a genuine or supremely good example of their kind : their love affair seems pretty close to the real deal Craig is the real deal, an American running legend
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  • With five years experience behind the desk, working with some of the scenes biggest players there is no doubting their credentials; these guys are the real deal.
  • She said she had looked at other companies that do what we do, had asked around about us, and had discovered that we were the real deal.
  • To these traveling enthusiasts and collectors, Western art is the real deal, and the cowboy is their hero.

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There are 2 definitions of deal in English:

deal2

Syllabification: deal
Pronunciation: /
 
dēl/

noun

1Fir or pine wood, especially when sawn into planks of a standard size.
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  • This has red deal timber flooring, wainscoting to dado level, a baluster railing and plaster cornicing.
  • He still slept in his camp bed, and used a dining-table that he had made out of deal boards with four fencing posts for legs.
  • The paved back court, under which the kitchen and scullery were situated, was to include at its northern end a ‘seat or small building’ with deal columns.
1.1A plank of fir or pine sawn into a standard size.
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  • In Britain and America, material was available in timber form, as plank, deals, board, and scantling.
  • In 1876 he loaded the schooner City of Manitowoc with pine deals in Manistee, Michigan and took them through the St. Lawrence River and across the ocean.
  • Early in 1852, the price of New Brunswick spruce deals had to be reduced because of the competition from cheap Norwegian white deals.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dele 'plank'.

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