- simple past tense and past participle of deal1.
- to occupy oneself or itself (usually followed by with or in): Botany deals with the study of plants. He deals in generalities.
- to take action with respect to a thing or person (followed by with): Law courts must deal with lawbreakers.
- to conduct oneself toward persons: He deals fairly.
- to be able to handle competently or successfully; cope (followed by with): I can't deal with your personal problems.
- to trade or do business (followed by with or in): to deal with a firm; to deal in used cars.
- to distribute, especially the cards in a game (often followed by out): to deal out five hands of six cards each; your turn to deal.
- Slang. to buy and sell drugs illegally.
- Archaic. to have dealings or commerce, often in a secret or underhand manner (often followed by with): to deal with the Devil.
- to give to one as a share; apportion: Deal me in.
- to distribute among a number of recipients, as the cards required in a game: Deal five cards to each player.
- Cards. to give a player (a specific card) in dealing: You dealt yourself four aces.
- to deliver; administer: to deal a blow.
- Slang. to buy and sell (drugs) illegally.
- Slang. to trade (an athlete) to another team.
- a business transaction: They closed the deal after a week of negotiating.
- a bargain or arrangement for mutual advantage: the best deal in town.
- a secret or underhand agreement or bargain: His supporters worked a number of deals to help his campaign.
- Informal. treatment received in dealing with another: He got a raw deal.
- an indefinite but large quantity, amount, extent, or degree (usually preceded by good or great): a good deal of work; a great deal of money.
- the distribution of cards to the players in a game.
- the set of cards in one's hand.
- the turn of a player to deal.
- the period of time during which a deal is played.
- an act of dealing or distributing.
- (initial capital letter) an economic and social policy pursued by a political administration: the Fair Deal; the New Deal.
- Obsolete. portion; share.
- deal off,
- Poker.to deal the final hand of a game.
- Slang.to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
- cut a deal, Informal. to make an agreement, especially a business agreement: Networks have cut a deal with foreign stations for an international hookup.
- 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.
Origin of deal1
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Examples from the Web for dealt
There was the empathetic way she dealt with the revelation that Mrs. Baxter is a former criminal.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
“We dealt with so many problems when we were shooting in New York, like trying to shoot during Hurricane Sandy,” says Esco.‘Free The Nipple’: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Go Topless
December 12, 2014
He dealt drugs, was addicted to cocaine by the time he was 13, and found himself constantly in trouble with the law.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
In defeating Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner dealt a serious blow to the “war on women” narrative.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
He has dealt with a great deal of intransigence from the GOP-controlled Congress.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel
October 21, 2014
He dealt with the question on theological, legal and social grounds.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
God has never, as far as we can see, dealt in special and temporary gifts.The Conquest of Fear
There was a certain tenderness in his hands, as in his voice, when he dealt with children.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As she looked into his eyes, she could feel the double hurt that Fate had dealt him.Her Father's Daughter
When we dealt fairly with them there was never any such trouble.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- the past tense and past participle of deal 1
- a town in SE England, in Kent, on the English Channel: two 16th-century castles: tourism, light industries. Pop: 96 670 (2003 est)
- (intr foll by in) to engage (in) commerciallyto deal in upholstery
- (often foll by out) to apportion (something, such as cards) to a number of people; distribute
- (tr) to give (a blow) to (someone); inflict
- (intr) slang to sell any illegal drug
- informal a bargain, transaction, or agreement
- a particular type of treatment received, esp as the result of an agreementa fair deal
- an indefinite amount, extent, or degree (esp in the phrases good or great deal)
- the process of distributing the cards
- a player's turn to do this
- a single round in a card game
- See big deal
- cut a deal informal, mainly US to come to an arrangement; make a dealSee also deal with
- the real deal informal a person or thing seen as being authentic and not inferior in any way
- a plank of softwood timber, such as fir or pine, or such planks collectively
- the sawn wood of various coniferous trees, such as that from the Scots pine (red deal) or from the Norway Spruce (white deal)
- of fir or pine
Word Origin and History for dealt
past tense and past participle of deal (v.).
Old English dælan "to divide, distribute, separate, share, bestow, dispense," from the source of deal (n.). Meaning "to distribute cards before a game" is from 1520s. To deal with "handle" is attested from mid-15c. Related: Dealt; dealing.
from Old English dæl "part, share, quantity, amount," from Proto-Germanic *dailaz (cf. Old Norse deild, Old Frisian del, Dutch deel, Old High German and German teil, Gothic dails "part, share"), from PIE *dail- "to divide" (cf. Old Church Slavonic delu "part," Lithuanian dalis).
Business sense of "transaction, bargain" is 1837, originally slang. Meaning "an amount" is from 1560s. New Deal is from F.D. Roosevelt speech of July 1932. Big deal is 1928; ironic use first recorded 1951 in "Catcher in the Rye." Deal breaker is attested by 1975.
"plank or board of pine," c.1400, from Low German (cf. Middle Low German dele), from Proto-Germanic *theljon, from PIE root *tel- "ground, floor." An Old English derivative was þelu "hewn wood, board, flooring."