American English

Definition of deal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deal
    he / she / it deals
    past simple dealt
    -ing form dealing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give cards to each player in a game of cards Whose turn is it to deal? deal (something) (out) (to somebody) Start by dealing out ten cards to each player. deal somebody something He dealt me two aces.
  2. drugs
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] deal (something) to buy and sell illegal drugs You can often see people dealing openly on the streets.
  4. Idioms
      deal somebody/something a blow, deal a blow to somebody/something (formal)
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    1. 1to be very shocking or harmful to someone or something Her sudden death dealt a blow to the whole country.
    2. 2to hit someone or something
    wheel and deal
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    (usually used in the progressive tenses) to do a lot of complicated deals in business or politics, often in a dishonest way
    Phrasal Verbsdeal in somethingdeal somebody indeal somethingoutdeal with somebodydeal with somebody/somethingdeal with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deal