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Meaning & Definition of Deal in English





1. A particular instance of buying or selling

  • "It was a package deal"
  • "I had no further trade with him"
  • "He's a master of the business deal"
  • deal,
  • trade,
  • business deal

2. An agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

  • "He made a bargain with the devil"
  • "He rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"
  • bargain,
  • deal

3. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

  • "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"
  • batch,
  • deal,
  • flock,
  • good deal,
  • great deal,
  • hatful,
  • heap,
  • lot,
  • mass,
  • mess,
  • mickle,
  • mint,
  • mountain,
  • muckle,
  • passel,
  • peck,
  • pile,
  • plenty,
  • pot,
  • quite a little,
  • raft,
  • sight,
  • slew,
  • spate,
  • stack,
  • tidy sum,
  • wad

4. A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)

  • deal

5. Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)

  • softwood,
  • deal

6. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time

  • "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"
  • "He kept trying to see my hand"
  • hand,
  • deal

7. The type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)

  • "He got a good deal on his car"
  • deal

8. The act of distributing playing cards

  • "The deal was passed around the table clockwise"
  • deal

9. The act of apportioning or distributing something

  • "The captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
  • deal


1. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

  • "This book deals with incest"
  • "The course covered all of western civilization"
  • "The new book treats the history of china"
  • cover,
  • treat,
  • handle,
  • plow,
  • deal,
  • address

2. Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

  • "Take the case of china"
  • "Consider the following case"
  • consider,
  • take,
  • deal,
  • look at

3. 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"
  • deal

4. Come to terms with

  • "We got by on just a gallon of gas"
  • "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
  • cope,
  • get by,
  • make out,
  • make do,
  • contend,
  • grapple,
  • deal,
  • manage

5. Administer or bestow, as in small portions

  • "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"
  • distribute,
  • administer,
  • mete out,
  • deal,
  • parcel out,
  • lot,
  • dispense,
  • shell out,
  • deal out,
  • dish out,
  • allot,
  • dole out

6. Do business

  • Offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  • "She deals in gold"
  • "The brothers sell shoes"
  • deal,
  • sell,
  • trade

7. Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

  • "I can deal with this crew of workers"
  • "This blender can't handle nuts"
  • "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
  • manage,
  • deal,
  • care,
  • handle

8. Behave in a certain way towards others

  • "He deals fairly with his employees"
  • deal

9. Distribute cards to the players in a game

  • "Who's dealing?"
  • deal

10. Direct the course of

  • Manage or control
  • "You cannot conduct business like this"
  • conduct,
  • carry on,
  • deal

11. Give out as one's portion or share

  • share,
  • divvy up,
  • portion out,
  • apportion,
  • deal

12. Give (a specific card) to a player

  • "He dealt me the queen of spades"
  • deal

13. Sell

  • "Deal hashish"
  • deal

Examples of using

I understand Tom salted away a good deal for his old age.
I hope these companies will be ready to deal with us in the future.
There is still a great deal about the human brain that we don't understand.