deal

"Let's make a deal," a friend might say to you. That means he wants to make an agreement on something. If you pay for the gas, for example, he'll pay for the food. What a deal!

Ready to deal with all the meanings of the word deal?! You can deal a deck of cards. You can make a business deal. You can strike a deal. You can try to deal with an unfortunate situation. You can score a deal in the bargain basement. Deal comes from the Old English dĒ£lan, meaning "divide" and "participate."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: deal

1
vn
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
2
vn
distribute cards to the players in a game
the act of apportioning or distributing something
3
vn
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
a particular instance of buying or selling
4
n
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
5
n
wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: deal
1

v be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

“I can deal with this crew of workers”
Synonyms:
care, handle, manage
Types:
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administer, administrate
work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
organise, organize
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
work
cause to operate or function
come to grips, get to grips
deal with (a problem or a subject)
dispose of
deal with or settle
mind, take care
be in charge of or deal with
coordinate
bring into common action, movement, or condition
juggle
deal with simultaneously
process
deal with in a routine way
misconduct, mishandle, mismanage
manage badly or incompetently
direct
be in charge of
carry on, conduct
direct the course of; manage or control
touch
deal with; usually used with a form of negation
arrange, order, put, set up
arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
give, have, hold, make, throw
organize or be responsible for
rationalise, rationalize
structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
pontificate
administer a pontifical office
territorialise, territorialize
organize as a territory
reorganise, reorganize, shake up
organize anew
collectivise, collectivize
bring under collective control; of farms and industrial enterprises
tend
manage or run
guide, steer
be a guiding or motivating force or drive
head, lead
be in charge of
manage, oversee, superintend, supervise
watch and direct
operate, run
direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
racketeer
carry on illegal business activities involving crime
administer
direct the taking of
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v direct the course of; manage or control

Synonyms:
carry on, conduct
Types:
racketeer
carry on illegal business activities involving crime
Type of:
care, handle, manage
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

v 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”
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v behave in a certain way towards others

“He deals fairly with his employees”
Type of:
acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
behave in a certain manner

v act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

“This book deals with incest”
Synonyms:
address, cover, handle, plow, treat
do by, handle, treat
interact in a certain way
comprehend, cover, embrace, encompass
include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
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theologise, theologize
treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character
discourse, discuss, talk about
to consider or examine in speech or writing
descant
talk at great length about something of one's interest
talk shop
discuss matters that are related to work
Type of:
broach, initiate
bring up a topic for discussion

v take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

Synonyms:
consider, look at, take
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contemplate
consider as a possibility
dally, play, trifle
consider not very seriously
abstract
consider apart from a particular case or instance
warm to
become excited about
entertain, flirt with, think about, think of, toy with
take into consideration, have in view
Type of:
think about
have on one's mind, think about actively

v come to terms with

Synonyms:
contend, cope, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
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extemporize, improvise
manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
fend
try to manage without help
cut, hack
be able to manage or manage successfully
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
manage one's existence barely
cope with, match, meet
satisfy or fulfill
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

n an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

“he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals
Synonyms:
bargain
Type of:
agreement, understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

n the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)

“he got a good deal on his car”
Types:
fair deal, square deal
fair treatment
raw deal
unfair treatment
Type of:
final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
something that results
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v distribute cards to the players in a game

“Who's dealing?”
Types:
misdeal
deal cards wrongly
Type of:
administer, allot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
administer or bestow, as in small portions

v administer or bestow, as in small portions

deal a blow to someone”
Synonyms:
administer, allot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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allot, assign, portion
give out
reallot
allot again
apply, give
give or convey physically
allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
allocate, apportion
distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
misdeal
deal cards wrongly
tread
apply (the tread) to a tire
administer
perform (a church sacrament) ritually
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v give (a specific card) to a player

“He dealt me the Queen of Spades”
Type of:
give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of

v give out as one's portion or share

Synonyms:
apportion, divvy up, portion out, share
Type of:
distribute, give out, hand out, pass out
give to several people

n the act of apportioning or distributing something

“the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions”
Types:
new deal
a reapportioning of something
Type of:
allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling
the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan

n the act of distributing playing cards

“the deal was passed around the table clockwise”
Types:
misdeal
an incorrect deal
Type of:
distribution
the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

n the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time

Synonyms:
hand
Types:
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bridge hand
the cards held in a game of bridge
poker hand
the 5 cards held in a game of poker
chicane
a bridge hand that is void of trumps
royal flush
a poker hand with the ace, king, queen, jack, and 10 all in the same suit
straight flush
a poker hand with consecutive cards in the same suit
full house
a poker hand with 3 of a kind and a pair
flush
a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
straight
a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
pair
a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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v do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

“She deals in gold”
Synonyms:
sell, trade
sell
be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
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push
sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs)
black marketeer
deal on the black market
pyramid
use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
market
deal in a market
hawk, huckster, monger, peddle, pitch, vend
sell or offer for sale from place to place
Type of:
transact
conduct business

v sell

deal hashish”
Synonyms
sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
Type of:
sell, trade
do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

n a particular instance of buying or selling

“it was a package deal
Synonyms:
business deal, trade
Types:
arms deal
a deal to provide military arms
penny ante
a business deal on a trivial scale
Type of:
dealing, dealings, transaction
the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
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n (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

“a deal of trouble”
Synonyms:
batch, 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
Types:
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
haymow
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
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n wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)

Synonyms:
softwood
Types:
pulpwood
softwood used to make paper
Type of:
wood
the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees

n a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)

Type of:
board, plank
a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
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