Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What is a "Deal"?

deal (plural deals)

  1. (archaic) A division, a portion, a share.
    We gave three deals of grain in tribute to the king.
  2. (often followed by of) A quantity, a lot (usually qualified by great or good.)
    Skydiving requires a good deal of courage.
    I'm a good deal older than I used to be.
    That doesn't make a great deal of sense.
  3. (informal) A situation.
    What's the deal?
  4. (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
    The deal with four tines is called a fork


to deal

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to deal (third-person singular simple present deals, present participle dealing, simple past dealt, past participle dealt)

  1. (transitive) To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one’s portion or share.
    The fighting is over; now we deal out the spoils of victory.
  2. (transitive) To administer or give out, as in small portions.
    I dealt him a mighty blow
  3. To distribute cards to the players in a game.
    I was dealt four aces.
    The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
  4. (baseball) To pitch.
    The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.
  5. (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
    Now you'll have to deal with me.
  6. (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in)
    She deals in gold.
  7. (transitive) To sell (illicit drugs.)
    This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.
  8. (intransitive) To be concerned with.
    The film dealt with a sensitive subject.
  9. (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
    There's only one way to deal with people like her.
    I can't deal with this.
  10. (distribute among a number of recipients): apportion, divvy up, share, share out, portion out
  11. (administer in portions): administer, allot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, hand out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
  12. (distribute (cards)):
  13. (baseball slang: to pitch): pitch, throw
  14. (have dealings with)
  15. (trade): sell, trade in
  16. (sell (illicit drugs)): sell
  17. (be concerned with)
  18. (handle, cope)




deal (plural deals)

  1. The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this.
    I didn’t have a good deal all evening.
    I believe it's your deal.
  2. A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction
    We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.
  3. An agreement between parties; an arrangement
    He made a deal with the devil.
    It's a deal!


Derived terms

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