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English noun: deal

1. deal (act) a particular instance of buying or selling

SamplesIt was a package deal.
I had no further trade with him.
He's a master of the business deal.

Synonymsbusiness deal, trade

Broader (hypernym)dealing, dealings, transaction

Narrower (hyponym)arms deal, penny ante

2. deal (communication) an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

SamplesHe made a bargain with the devil.
He rose to prominence through a series of shady deals.


Broader (hypernym)agreement, understanding

3. deal (quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

SamplesA batch of letters.
A deal of trouble.
A lot of money.
He made a mint on the stock market.
See the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos.
It must have cost plenty.
A slew of journalists.
A wad of money.

Synonymsbatch, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad

Broader (hypernym)large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity

Narrower (hyponym)deluge, flood, haymow, inundation, torrent

4. deal (substance) a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)

Broader (hypernym)board, plank

5. deal (substance) wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)


Broader (hypernym)wood

Narrower (hyponym)pulpwood

6. deal (group) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time

SamplesI didn't hold a good hand all evening.
He kept trying to see my hand.


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

Narrower (hyponym)bridge hand, poker hand

Part holonymlong suit

7. deal (event) the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)

SamplesHe got a good deal on his car.

Broader (hypernym)final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination

Narrower (hyponym)fair deal, raw deal, square deal

8. deal (act) the act of distributing playing cards

SamplesThe deal was passed around the table clockwise.

Broader (hypernym)distribution

Narrower (hyponym)misdeal

Part meronymcard game, cards

Domain categorycard game, cards

9. deal (act) the act of apportioning or distributing something

SamplesThe captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions.

Broader (hypernym)allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling

Narrower (hyponym)new deal

English verb: deal

1. deal (communication) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

SamplesThis book deals with incest.
The course covered all of Western Civilization.
The new book treats the history of China.

Synonymsaddress, cover, handle, plow, treat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)broach, initiate

Narrower (hyponym)discourse, discuss, talk about, theologise, theologize

Verb groupcomprehend, cover, do by, embrace, encompass, handle, treat

2. deal (cognition) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

SamplesTake the case of China.
Consider the following case.

Synonymsconsider, look at, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)think about

Narrower (hyponym)abstract, contemplate, dally, play, trifle, warm to

3. deal (social) take action with respect to (someone or something)

SamplesHow are we going to deal with this problem?.
The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

4. deal (social) come to terms with

SamplesWe got by on just a gallon of gas.
They made do on half a loaf of bread every day.

Synonymscontend, cope, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)cope with, cut, extemporize, fend, hack, improvise, match, meet, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by

5. deal (possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions

SamplesAdminister critical remarks to everyone present.
Dole out some money.
Shell out pocket money for the children.
Deal a blow to someone.
The machine dispenses soft drinks.

Synonymsadminister, allot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)allot, apply, assign, deal, give, portion, reallot

6. deal (possession) do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood

SamplesShe deals in gold.
The brothers sell shoes.

Synonymssell, trade

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)transact

Narrower (hyponym)black marketeer, deal, hawk, huckster, market, monger, peddle, pitch, push, pyramid, vend

Verb groupdeal, sell

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

7. deal (social) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

SamplesI can deal with this crew of workers.
This blender can't handle nuts.
She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old.

Synonymscare, handle, manage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)command, control

Narrower (hyponym)administer, administrate, carry on, come to grips, conduct, coordinate, deal, direct, dispose of, get to grips, juggle, mind, misconduct, mishandle, mismanage, organise, organize, process, take care, touch, work

8. deal (social) behave in a certain way towards others

SamplesHe deals fairly with his employees.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport

9. deal (possession) distribute cards to the players in a game

SamplesWho's dealing?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

Narrower (hyponym)misdeal

Verb groupdeal

Domain categorycard game, cards

10. deal (social) direct the course of; manage or control

SamplesYou cannot conduct business like this.

Synonymscarry on, conduct

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care, deal, handle, manage

Narrower (hyponym)racketeer

11. deal (possession) give out as one's portion or share

Synonymsapportion, divvy up, portion out, share

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)distribute, give out, hand out, pass out

Entaildivide, part, separate

12. deal (possession) give (a specific card) to a player

SamplesHe dealt me the Queen of Spades.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

Verb groupdeal

Domain categorycard game, cards

13. deal (possession) sell

SamplesDeal hashish.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)deal, sell, trade

Verb groupdeal, sell, trade

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

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