Definition of deal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//diːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//diːl//
    Business deals
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  1. 1  [singular] a good/great deal much; a lot They spent a great deal of money. It took a great deal of time. I'm feeling a good deal better. We see them a great deal (= often).
  2. business agreement
  3. 2  [countable] an agreement, especially in business, on particular conditions for buying or doing something to make/sign/conclude/close a deal (with somebody) (informal) Did you cut a deal (= make one)? We did a deal with the management on overtime. They were hoping for a better pay deal. A deal was struck after lengthy negotiations. The deal fell through (= no agreement was reached). I got a good deal on the car (= bought it cheaply). It's a deal! (= I agree to your terms) Listen. This is the deal (= this is what we have agreed and are going to do). As athletes prepare for the Olympics, sporting organizations are looking for big sponsorship deals to pay for the trip to Sydney. CollocationsBusinessRunning a business buy/​acquire/​own/​sell a company/​firm/​franchise set up/​establish/​start/​start up/​launch a business/​company run/​operate a business/​company/​franchise head/​run a firm/​department/​team make/​secure/​win/​block a deal expand/​grow/​build the business boost/​increase investment/​spending/​sales/​turnover/​earnings/​exports/​trade increase/​expand production/​output/​sales boost/​maximize production/​productivity/​efficiency/​income/​revenue/​profit/​profitability achieve/​maintain/​sustain growth/​profitability cut/​reduce/​bring down/​lower/​slash costs/​prices announce/​impose/​make cuts/​cutbacksSales and marketing break into/​enter/​capture/​dominate the market gain/​grab/​take/​win/​boost/​lose market share find/​build/​create a market for something start/​launch an advertising/​a marketing campaign develop/​launch/​promote a product/​website create/​generate demand for your product attract/​get/​retain/​help customers/​clients drive/​generate/​boost/​increase demand/​sales beat/​keep ahead of/​out-think/​outperform the competition meet/​reach/​exceed/​miss sales targetsFinance draw up/​set/​present/​agree/​approve a budget keep to/​balance/​cut/​reduce/​slash the budget be/​come in below/​under/​over/​within budget generate income/​revenue/​profit/​funds/​business fund/​finance a campaign/​a venture/​an expansion/​spending/​a deficit provide/​raise/​allocate capital/​funds attract/​encourage investment/​investors recover/​recoup costs/​losses/​an investment get/​obtain/​offer somebody/​grant somebody credit/​a loan apply for/​raise/​secure/​arrange/​provide financeFailure lose business/​trade/​customers/​sales/​revenue accumulate/​accrue/​incur/​run up debts suffer/​sustain enormous/​heavy/​serious losses face cuts/​a deficit/​redundancy/​bankruptcy file for/ (North American English) enter/​avoid/​escape bankruptcy (British English) go into administration/​liquidation liquidate/​wind up a company survive/​weather a recession/​downturn propose/​seek/​block/​oppose a merger launch/​make/​accept/​defeat a takeover bid see also package Wordfinderacquisition, bid, broker, contract, deal, merger, negotiation, offer, proposal, takeover See related entries: Business deals
  4. treatment
  5. 3[countable, usually singular] the way that somebody/something is treated If elected, the party has promised a new deal (= better and fairer treatment) for teachers. They knew they’d been given a raw/rough deal(= been treated unfairly). We tried to ensure that everyone got a fair deal. It was a square deal for everyone.
  6. in card games
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] the action of giving out cards to the players It's your deal.
  8. wood
  9. 5 [uncountable] (especially British English) the soft pale wood of fir or pine trees, especially when it is cut into boards for making things a deal table
  10. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Old English dǣlan ‘divide’, ‘participate’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deel and German Teil ‘part’ (noun), also to dole. The sense ‘divide’ gave rise to ‘distribute’, hence sense 1 of the verb and 'deal somebody/​something a blow'; the sense ‘participate’ gave rise to ‘have dealings with’, hence senses 2 of the verb and 'deal with'/'deal in'. noun sense 5 Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch dele ‘plank’.Extra examples Any sponsorship deal would be scuppered if Jones misses the Olympics. Britain pulled out of the deal because of rising costs. He even sweetened the deal with a $5 000 signing bonus. He has been mixed up in several shady deals with arms dealers. I got a very good deal on my new car. I’ll make a deal with you—I’ll work evenings if you’ll work weekends. Immigrants often get a bad deal when it comes to pay. Increased holiday allowance is part of the deal. Lack of accounting clarity can discourage investors and become a deal breaker. Management and unions have agreed a new deal on pay and productivity. Nurses have taken to the streets to get a fair deal from the government. She has a lucrative deal with a cosmetics company. Staff have accepted a deal offering them a 2% share of profits. The TV station has signed an exclusive deal to show all United’s home games. The band eventually signed a record deal. The band signed a two-album deal with a record company. The company are offering cut-price deals on many flights. The company has done a deal with the catering staff. The company hopes to pursue similar deals with other providers. The company structured a deal to purchase the competitor out of bankruptcy. The deal fell through when the author received a more attractive offer. The pay deal will not now go ahead. The union accepted a package deal including higher pension and longer holiday allowance. The union accepted a package deal including higher pensions. The union tries to get a square deal for all its members. The unions are ready to do a deal over pay. They are hoping to clinch a major deal to supply computers to the army. They can’t offer us a sweetheart deal on the rental fees we pay. They took over the company in a £750 000 deal. Under the deal, you save money if you repay the loan early. Under the terms of the deal, the band has to make two albums a year. You may get a better deal from another bank. a deal between Brazil and Argentina a deal between France and Spain business brokers and other deal makers A deal was struck after lengthy negotiations. Did you manage to cut a deal? It’s a deal!. Many athletes secure lucrative sponsorship deals. The company expects to close the deal in the first quarter of next year. This is the deal.Idioms (informal, ironic) used to say that you are not impressed by something So he earns more than me. Big deal! an agreement or a plan that has been finally completed or agreed The merger is by no means a done deal yet. to make an agreement with somebody in which both sides have an advantage (informal) what is happening in the present situation? What's the deal? Do you want to go out or not?
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