—v.i. 1. to occupy oneself or itself (usually fol. by with or in): Botany deals with the study of plants. He deals in generalities. 2. to take action with respect to a thing or person (fol. by with): Law courts must deal with lawbreakers. 3. to conduct oneself toward persons: He deals fairly. 4. to be able to handle competently or successfully; cope (fol. by with): I can't deal with your personal problems. 5. to trade or do business (fol. by with or in): to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars. 6. to distribute, esp. the cards in a game (often fol. by out): to deal out five hands of six cards each; your turn to deal. 7. Slang.to buy and sell drugs illegally.
8. Archaic.to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often fol. by with): to deal with the Devil.
—v.t. 1. to give to one as a share; apportion: Deal me in. 2. to distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game: Deal five cards to each player. 3. Cards.to give a player (a specific card) in dealing: You dealt yourself four aces. 4. to deliver; administer: to deal a blow. 5. Slang.to buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
6. Slang.to trade (an athlete) to another team.
7. deal off, a. Poker.to deal the final hand of a game.
b. Slang.to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
8. deal someone in,Slang.to include: He was making a lot of dough in the construction business so I got him to deal me in.
—n. 1. a business transaction: They closed the deal after a week of negotiating. 2. a bargain or arrangement for mutual advantage: the best deal in town. 3. a secret or underhand agreement or bargain: His supporters worked a number of deals to help his campaign. 4. Informal.treatment received in dealing with another: He got a raw deal. 5. an indefinite but large quantity, amount, extent, or degree (usually prec. by good or great): a good deal of work; a great deal of money. 6. Cards. a. the distribution of cards to the players in a game.
b. the set of cards in one's hand.
c. the turn of a player to deal.
d. the period of time during which a deal is played.
7. an act of dealing or distributing.
8. (cap.) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration: the Fair Deal; the New Deal. 9. Obs.portion; share.
10. cut a deal,Informal.to make an agreement, esp. a business agreement: Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
Pronunciation: (dēl),[key] —n. 1. a board or plank, esp. of fir or pine, cut to any of various standard sizes.
2. such boards collectively.
3. fir or pine wood.