Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give out as a share or portion; apportion.
  • transitive v. To distribute among several recipients. See Synonyms at distribute.
  • transitive v. To sell: deal prescriptions; deal cocaine.
  • transitive v. To administer; deliver: dealt him a blow to the stomach.
  • transitive v. Games To distribute (playing cards) among players.
  • transitive v. Games To give (a specific card) to a player while so distributing.
  • intransitive v. To be occupied or concerned: a book that deals with the Middle Ages.
  • intransitive v. To behave in a specified way toward another or others; have transactions: deal honestly with competitors.
  • intransitive v. To take action with respect to someone or something: The committee will deal with this complaint. See Synonyms at treat.
  • intransitive v. To do business; trade: dealing in diamonds.
  • intransitive v. Games To distribute playing cards.
  • intransitive v. Slang To buy and sell drugs, especially illegally.
  • intransitive v. Slang To cope: You've got no choice—just deal with it!
  • n. The act or a round of apportioning or distributing.
  • n. Games Distribution of playing cards.
  • n. Games The cards so distributed; a hand.
  • n. Games The right or turn of a player to distribute the cards.
  • n. Games The playing of one hand.
  • n. An indefinite quantity, extent, or degree: has a great deal of experience.
  • n. An agreement often arranged secretly, as in business or politics.
  • n. A business transaction.
  • n. An agreement, especially one that is mutually beneficial. See Synonyms at bargain.
  • n. Informal A sale favorable especially to the buyer; a bargain.
  • n. Informal Treatment received: a raw deal; a fair deal.
  • n. A fir or pine board cut to standard dimensions.
  • n. Such boards or planks considered as a group.
  • n. Fir or pine wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A division, a portion, a share.
  • n. An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
  • v. To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one’s portion or share.
  • v. To administer or give out, as in small portions.
  • v. To distribute cards to the players in a game.
  • v. To pitch.
  • v. To have dealings or business.
  • v. To conduct oneself, to behave.
  • v. To take action; to act.
  • v. To trade professionally (followed by in).
  • v. To sell, especially to sell illicit drugs.
  • v. To be concerned with.
  • v. To handle, to manage, to cope.
  • n. An act of dealing or sharing.
  • n. The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this.
  • n. A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction
  • n. Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
  • n. An agreement between parties; an arrangement
  • n. A situation, occasion, or event.
  • n. A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
  • 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 deal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent
  • n. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.
  • n. Distribution; apportionment.
  • n. An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations and political bargains.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Wood of the pine or fir.
  • transitive v. To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; -- sometimes with out.
  • transitive v. Specifically: To distribute, as cards, to the players at the commencement of a game
  • intransitive v. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
  • intransitive v. To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business.
  • intransitive v. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
  • intransitive v. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
  • intransitive v. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part; portion; share.
  • n. Hence An indefinite quantity, degree, or extent: as, a deal of time and trouble; a deal of snow; a deal of money. In this sense usually qualified with great or good: as, a great deal of labor; a good deal of one's time.
  • n. The division or distribution of cards in playing; the act or practice of dealing; the right or privilege of distributing the cards; a single round, during which all the cards dealt at one time are played.
  • n. Hence, a bargain or arrangement among a number of persons for mutual advantage as against others; a secret commercial or political transaction for the exclusive benefit of those engaged in it: as, a deal in wheat or cotton; they made a deal for the division of the offices.
  • To divide; part; separate; hence, to divide in portions; apportion; distribute, as, in card-playing, to give to each player the proper number of cards: often followed by out.
  • To distribute to.
  • To scatter; hurl; throw about; deliver: as, to deal out blows.
  • To engage in mutual intercourse or transactions of any kind; have to do with a person or thing, or be concerned in a matter: absolutely or with with or in.
  • Specifically To negotiate or make bargains; traffic or trade: with a person, in articles: as, he deals in pig-iron.
  • To negotiate corruptly; make a secret agreement; conspire: with with.
  • To intervene as a mediator or middleman.
  • To act; behave: in a matter, with, by, or toward a person or thing.
  • n. A board or plank.
  • n. Wood of fir or pine, such as deals are made from: as, a floor of deal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
  • n. wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
  • v. do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
  • v. come to terms with
  • v. give (a specific card) to a player
  • n. the act of distributing playing cards
  • v. sell
  • v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • v. distribute cards to the players in a game
  • v. take action with respect to (someone or something)
  • v. give out as one's portion or share
  • n. the act of apportioning or distributing something
  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • v. be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  • v. behave in a certain way towards others
  • n. an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
  • n. a particular instance of buying or selling
  • n. the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
  • n. the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
  • v. direct the course of; manage or control
  • n. a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
  • v. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

Etymologies

Middle English delen, from Old English dǣlan, to divide, share; see dail- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English dele, from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German dele, plank.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dele, from Old English dǣl ("part, share, portion"), from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (“part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhAil- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with Scots dele ("part, portion"), West Frisian diel ("part, share"), Dutch deel ("part, share, portion"), German Teil ("part, portion, section"), Danish del ("part"), Icelandic deila ("division, contention"), Gothic 𐌳𐌰𐌹𐌻𐍃 (dails, "portion"). Related to Old English dāl ("portion"). More at dole. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English delen, from Old English dǣlan ("to divide, part"), from Proto-Germanic *dailijanan (“to divide, part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰail- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with West Frisian diele ("to divide, separate"), Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dalinti ("divide"), Russian делить. (Wiktionary)
Middle Low German dele, cognate with Old English þille. (Wiktionary)

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