deal  ( deals plural & 3rd person present) ( dealing present participle) ( dealt past tense & past participle ) (VERB AND NOUN USES)
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1 n-count If you make a deal, do a deal, or cut a deal, you complete an agreement or an arrangement with someone, especially in business. (BUSINESS)
Japan will have to do a deal with America on rice imports..., The two sides tried and failed to come to a deal..., He was involved in shady business deals...
2 verb If a person, company, or shop deals in a particular type of goods, their business involves buying or selling those goods. (BUSINESS)
They deal in antiques... V in n
...the rights of our citizens to hold and to deal in foreign currency. V in n
3 verb If someone deals illegal drugs, they sell them.
I certainly don't deal drugs. V n
dealing n-uncount oft n N
...his involvement in drug dealing and illegal money laundering.
4 n-count If someone has had a bad deal, they have been unfortunate or have been treated unfairly.
The people of Liverpool have had a bad deal for many, many years.
5 verb If you deal playing cards, you give them out to the players in a game of cards.
The croupier dealt each player a card, face down... V n n
He once dealt cards in an illegal gambling joint. V n
Deal out means the same as deal., phrasal verb
Dalton dealt out five cards to each player. V P n (not pron)
6 If an event deals a blowto something or someone, it causes them great difficulties or makes failure more likely. (JOURNALISM)
deal a blow phrase V inflects
The summer drought has dealt a heavy blow to the government's economic record...
wheel and deal
a raw deal
raw deal out phrasal verb If someone deals out a punishment or harmful action, they punish or harm someone.
...a failure to deal out effective punishment to aggressors. V P n (not pron) to n deal with
1 phrasal verb When you deal with something or someone that needs attention, you give your attention to them, and often solve a problem or make a decision concerning them.
...the way that building societies deal with complaints... V P n
The President said the agreement would allow other vital problems to be dealt with. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you deal with an unpleasant emotion or an emotionally difficult situation, you recognize it, and remain calm and in control of yourself in spite of it.
She saw a psychiatrist who used hypnotism to help her deal with her fear... V P n
3 phrasal verb If a book, speech, or film deals with a particular thing, it has that thing as its subject or is concerned with it.
...the parts of his book which deal with contemporary Paris. V P n
4 phrasal verb If you deal with a particular person or organization, you have business relations with them.
When I worked in Florida I dealt with British people all the time... V P n