verb (used without object), dealt, deal·ing.
verb (used with object), dealt, deal·ing.
- 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.
- Poker.to deal the final hand of a game.
- Slang.to get rid of or trade (something or someone) in a transaction.
Origin of deal1
Synonyms for deal
Related Words for dealtsell, handle, negotiate, trade, participate, give, treat, barter, dicker, bargain, traffic, swap, bicker, stock, drop, divide, render, share, disburse, administer
Examples from the Web for dealt
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of dealt
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
verb deals, dealing or dealt (dɛlt)
- the process of distributing the cards
- a player's turn to do this
- a single round in a card game
Word Origin for deal
Word Origin for deal
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."
In addition to the idioms beginning with deal
- deal in
- deal out
- deal with
- big deal
- close the sale (deal)
- cut a deal
- done deal
- good deal
- make a federal case (big deal)
- no deal
- raw deal
- square deal
- sweeten the kitty (deal)
- wheel and deal