• WordNet 3.6
    • v deal take into consideration for exemplifying purposes "Take the case of China","Consider the following case"
    • v deal act on 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 deal do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood "She deals in gold","The brothers sell shoes"
    • v deal sell "deal hashish"
    • v deal distribute cards to the players in a game "Who's dealing?"
    • v deal give (a specific card) to a player "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
    • v deal give out as one's portion or share
    • v deal 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","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
    • v deal 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 deal behave in a certain way towards others "He deals fairly with his employees"
    • v deal 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 deal direct the course of; manage or control "You cannot conduct business like this"
    • v deal come to terms with "We got by on just a gallon of gas","They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
    • n deal the act of apportioning or distributing something "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
    • n deal the act of distributing playing cards "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"
    • n deal 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 deal 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 deal the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement) "he got a good deal on his car"
    • n deal 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 deal (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","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
    • n deal wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
    • n deal a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ballistics is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.
    • Deal 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.""As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power.""She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect."
    • Deal An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations and political bargains.
    • Deal Distribution; apportionment.
    • Deal 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 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.
    • Deal The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed. "The deal , the shuffle, and the cut."
    • Deal 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."
    • Deal 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."
    • Deal To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal 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.""Return . . . and I will deal well with thee."
    • Deal 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?""And Rome deals out her blessings and her gold.""The nightly mallet deals resounding blows.""Hissing through the skies, the feathery deaths were dealt ."
    • Deal 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.""This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels."
    • Deal To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
    • Deal Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • n deal A part; portion; share.
    • n deal 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 deal 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 deal 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.
    • deal 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.
    • deal To distribute to.
    • deal To scatter; hurl; throw about; deliver: as, to deal out blows.
    • deal 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.
    • deal Specifically To negotiate or make bargains; traffic or trade: with a person, in articles: as, he deals in pig-iron.
    • deal To negotiate corruptly; make a secret agreement; conspire: with with.
    • deal To intervene as a mediator or middleman.
    • deal To act; behave: in a matter, with, by, or toward a person or thing.
    • n deal A board or plank. The name deal is applied chiefly to planks of pine or fir above 7 inches in width and of various lengths exceeding 6 feet. If 7 inches or less wide, they are called battens; and when under 6 feet long they are called deal-ends. The usual thickness is 3 inches, and width 9 inches. The standard size, to which other sizes may be reduced, is 2½ inches thick, 11 inches broad, and 12 feet long. A whole deal is a deal which is 1¼ inches thick; a slit deal, one of half that thickness. The word is little used in the United States.
    • n deal Wood of fir or pine, such as deals are made from: as, a floor of deal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Victor Mills, an inventor with Proctor & Gamble, invented the disposable diaper in 1961 because he didn't want to deal with his daughter's soiled (crapped) diapers. You know them as Pampers.
    • n Deal dēl a portion; an indefinite quantity: a large quantity; the act of dividing cards:
    • v.t Deal to divide, to distribute: to throw about: to deliver
    • v.i Deal to transact business: to act: to distribute cards
    • pa.t Deal and pa.p. dealt (delt)
    • n Deal dēl (U.S.) a bargain: a fir or pine board: timber
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    “If you don't want to deal with the devil, don't go in his shop. Keep on the Lord's side of the fence.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious -- because the obvious is what people need to be told.”
  • Seneca
    “The pleasures of the palate deal with us like the Egyptian thieves, who strangle those whom they embrace.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “He gains a great deal who loses a vain hope.”
  • Mark Twain
    “There is a great deal of human nature in people.”


Raw deal - If you get a raw deal, you are treated unfairly.
Real deal - If something is the real deal, it is genuine and good.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. delen, AS. dǣlan, fr. dǣl, share; akin to OS. dēlian, D. deelen, G. theilen, teilen, Icel. deila, Sw. dela, Dan. dele, Goth. dailjan,. See Deal (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dǽlandǽl, a part; Ger. theilentheil, a part or division. A doublet of dole. By some, however, deal, a plank, is taken as a doublet of thill, from A.S. thel, a plank.


In literature:

In dealing with the Hermit-crab, in short, we are dealing with a case of physiological backsliding.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
It is a deal better to let happiness hunt for you.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
He was thin and stooped a good deal, and looked older than Uncle David.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But there was a good deal of sunshine.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It meant a good deal to her.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
I began to have a great deal of pity for Miss Battersby.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Some sixty years before this, two sturdy Englishmen and their sister had come to the New World, with a good deal of energy and some money.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
In the meanwhile I found out a great deal about Gorman.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
With this fact the nation must deal.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Passed a pretty good night though the ship rolled a good deal at times; and I found the sea a good deal agitated.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood

In poetry:

From him, who all alone sits there,
Having his eyes still in his ear,
And a deal of nightly fear
To watch it.
"Christmas-Eve, Another Ceremony" by Robert Herrick
And if we reap as we have sown,
And take the dole we deal,
The law of pain is love alone,
The wounding is to heal.
"The Old Burying-Ground" by John Greenleaf Whittier
We hold His splendors in our hands
As if we held the dust,
And deal His judgment, as if man
Than God could be more just.
"January" by Alice Cary
"And what have hypocrites to do
To bring their sacrifice?
They call my statutes just and true,
But deal in theft and lies.
"Psalm 50 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Deal gently, Lord, with souls sincere,
And lead them safely on
To the bright gates of Paradise,
Where Christ their Lord is gone.
"Psalm 125" by Isaac Watts
'Twas on the shores that round our coast
From Deal to Ramsgate span,
That I found alone on a piece of stone
An elderly naval man.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

As the Northeast continues to deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, other parts of the United States are still dealing with the most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years.
But when he got a great deal on the building he rented, he decided to go ahead and turn the place into the store he calls Collector 's King, so named because it deals in anything Woznicki finds collectible.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was confident that international lenders could reach a deal on Monday to release emergency aid to Athens and that such a deal would be possible without writing down Greek debt.
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A two-year deal is not nearly as hard to accept as a one-year deal when you're talking about relocating your family and looking for some security.
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Cork restaurant celebrates anniversary with $5-off meal deals ANDREW M SEDER Steals & Deals.
Top Green Monday electronics, toy, apparel deals In honor of the biggest shipping day of the year, Farnoosh Torabi of Yahoo shares the hottest deals on iPads, bicycles, winter coats and more.
Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote has signed a two-year deal AHL deal that could make him an anchor on the Syracuse Crunch's blueline.
Be sure to check out our Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Deals under RELATED CONTENT to the left, and be on the lookout for our Day 8 Deal on Friday, December 14.
Lev: Huge TV deal 's coming, so Dodgers keep spending dodgers, network, twc, fox, sports, ratings, deal , time, year, new.
Cater to Dear Old Dad with these Father's Day deals, promotions ANDREW M SEDER Steals & Deals.
12 Writer's Digest Deals of December: Day 2, Deal 2.
It's day two of our annual 12 Deals of December, where we release a new deal of great savings on Writer's Digest resources (books, bundles, etc.
Hotel deals in Miami, Orlando, and Ft. Take advantage of Florida's family-friendly vacation destinations with the best hotel deals of the week.

In science:

There are different proposals for giving a holographic description of nonsupersymmetric gauge theories, which basically deal with possible mechanisms for breaking supersymmetry.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
For constant fields, the spacetime integral in the action can be replaced by the four-volume, and, effectively, we only have to deal with a much simpler zero-dimensional theory.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The procedure sketched below is an extension of it to deal with FOL axioms and generalized rules and queries.
Moreover the solver can only deal with a restricted class of problem specifications.
These tools are highly optimized systems developed with a particular semantics in mind, whereas the purpose of QUIP is to provide a uniform method dealing with several knowledge representation tasks at the same time.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks