cards1 [intransitive, transitive] to give cards to each player in a game of cardsWhose turn is it to deal? deal (something) (out) (to someone)Start by dealing out ten cards to each player. deal someone somethingHe dealt me two aces.
drugs2 [intransitive, transitive] deal (something) to buy and sell illegal drugsYou can often see people dealing openly on the streets.
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deal a blow to someone/something(formal)1 to be very shocking or harmful to someone or somethingHer sudden death dealt a blow to the whole country.2 to hit someone or somethingdeal a blow
wheel and deal(usually used in the progressive tenses) to do a lot of complicated deals in business or politics, often in a dishonest waywheel and deal
deal in something1 to buy and sell a particular product synonym trade inThe company deals in computer software.2 to accept something as a basis for your decisions, attitudes, or actionsWe don't deal in rumors or guesswork.deal in
deal someone in(informal) to include someone in an activityThat sounds great. Deal me in!deal in
deal something↔out1 to share something out among a group of people synonym distributeThe profits were dealt out among the investors.2 to say what punishment someone should haveMany judges deal out harsher sentences to men than to women.deal out
deal with someoneto take appropriate action in a particular situation or according to the person you are talking to, managing, etc. synonym handleShe is used to dealing with all kinds of people in her job.deal with
deal with someone/somethingto do business with a person, a company, or an organizationdeal with
Usage note: aboutsaying what a text is aboutThe book is about homeless people in the cities.The report deals with the issue of homelessness in urban areas.The writer discusses the problems faced by homeless people.The article presents an overview of the issues surrounding homelessness.The novel explores the theme of friendship among homeless people.The first chapter examines the relationship between homelessness and drug addiction.The paper considers the question of why so many young people become homeless.