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[n] the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
[n] (card game) the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"
[n] 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"
[n] (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"; "it must have cost plenty"
[n] wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
[n] a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
[adj] made of fir or pine; "a plain deal table"
[v] consider, as of an example; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
[v] deal with 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"
[v] do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
[v] sell; "deal hashish"
[v] distribute (cards) to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
[v] give (a specific card) to a player; "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
[v] give out as one's portion or share
[v] 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"
[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"
[v] behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly with his employees"
[v] 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"
[v] direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct business like this"
[v] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

Misc. Definitions

\Deal\ (d[=e]l), n. [OE. del, deel, part, AS. d[=ae]l; akin to OS. d[=e]l, D. & Dan. deel, G. theil, teil, Icel. deild, Sw. del, Goth. dails. [root]6
5. Cf. 3d {Dole}.]
1. A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent; as, a deal of time and trouble; a deal of cold. Three tenth deals [parts of an ephah] of flour. --Num. xv.
9. As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power. --M. Arnold. She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect. --W. Black. Note: It was formerly limited by some, every, never a, a thousand, etc.; as, some deal; but these are now obsolete or vulgar. In general, we now qualify the word with great or good, and often use it adverbially, by being understood; as, a great deal of time and pains; a great (or good) deal better or worse; that is, better by a great deal, or by a great part or difference.
2. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed. The deal, the shuffle, and the cut. --Swift.
3. Distribution; apportionment. [Colloq.]
4. An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations and political bargains. [Slang]
5. [Prob. from D. deel a plank, threshing floor. See {Thill}.] The division of a piece of timber made by sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a batten; if shorter, a deal end. Note: Whole deal is a general term for planking one and one half inches thick.
6. Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal. {Deal tree}, a fir tree. --Dr. Prior.
\Deal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dealt} (d[e^]lt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dealing}.] [OE. delen, AS. d[=ae]lan, fr. d[=ae]l share; akin to OS. d[=e]lian, D. deelen, G. theilen, teilen, Icel. deila, Sw. dela, Dan. dele, Goth. dailjan. See {Deal}, n.]
1. To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; -- sometimes with out. Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry? --Is. lviii.
7. And Rome deals out her blessings and her gold. --Tickell. The nightly mallet deals resounding blows. --Gay. Hissing through the skies, the feathery deaths were dealt. --Dryden.
2. Specifically: To distribute, as cards, to the players at the commencement of a game; as, to deal the cards; to deal one a jack.
\Deal\, v. i.
1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
2. To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour. They buy and sell, they deal and traffic. --South. This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels. --Dr. H. More.
3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with. Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either. --Bacon.
4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat. If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true. --Tillotson.
5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with. {To deal by}, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by servants. ``Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind.'' --Locke. {To deal in}. (a) To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as, they deal in political matters. (b) To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler; as, they deal in fish. {To deal with}. (a) To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with. ``Dealing with witches.'' --Shak. (b) To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with. The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, ``dealt with him'' on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out. --Hawthorne. Return . . . and I will deal well with thee. --Gen. xxxii. 9.

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