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.
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. 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.
Deal, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dealt p. pr. & vb. n. Dealing.]
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.
adj : made of fir or pine; "a plain deal table"
n 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" [syn: trade, business
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" [syn: bargain]
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"; "it must
have cost plenty" [syn: batch, flock, good deal, great
deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle,
mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite
a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy
sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
4: a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
5: wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
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" [syn: hand]
7: the type of treatment received (especially as the result of
an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"
8: the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed
around the table clockwise"
9: the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the
captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
v 1: 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" [syn: cover, treat, handle, plow,
2: 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"
3: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the
case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: consider,
take, look at]
4: 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" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do,
contend, grapple, 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" [syn: distribute, administer, mete
out, 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" [syn: 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"
[syn: manage, care, handle]
8: behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly
with his employees"
9: distribute to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
10: direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct
business like this" [syn: conduct, carry on]
11: give out as one's portion or share [syn: share, divvy up,
portion out, apportion]
12: give (a specific card) to a player; "He dealt me the Queen
13: sell; "deal hashish"