I. noun Etymology: Middle English deel, from Old English dǣl; akin to Old English dāl division, portion, Old High German teil part Date: before 12th century 1. obsolete part, portion 2. a usually large or indefinite quantity or degree <
a great deal of support
a good deal faster
3. a. the act or right of distributing cards to players in a card game b. hand 9b II. verb (dealt; dealing) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to give as one's portion ; apportion <
tried to deal justice to all
dealt out three sandwiches apiece
b. to distribute (playing cards) to players in a game 2. administer, deliver <
dealt him a blow
3. a. sell <
deals drugs
b. trade <
deal a player to another team
intransitive verb 1. to distribute the cards in a card game 2. to concern oneself or itself <
the book deals with education
3. a. to engage in bargaining ; trade b. to sell or distribute something as a business <
deal in insurance
4. a. to take action with regard to someone or something <
deal with an offender
b. to reach or try to reach a state of acceptance or reconcilement <
trying to deal with her son's death
Synonyms: see distributedealer noun III. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. an act of dealing ; transaction b. bargain c. contract 1a <
signed a 2-year deal
2. package deal 3. treatment received <
a dirty deal
4. an arrangement for mutual advantage 5. affair 2 <
dinner was an informal deal
6. situation, story <
what is the deal with that guy?
7. McCoy — used in the phrase the real deal IV. noun Etymology: Middle English dele, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, plank; akin to Old High German dili plank — more at thill Date: 14th century 1. British a board of fir or pine 2. pine or fir wood • deal adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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