deal1 W1S1 [di:l] n
2 a great deal
4 it's a deal
7 a deal of something
[: Old English; Origin: dAl]
an agreement or arrangement, especially in business or politics, that helps both sides involved
They made a deal to sell the land to a property developer.
deal with
rumors that the company had struck a deal with Microsoft to market its products
deal between
Twelve US soldiers were released after a deal between the army and the guerillas.
Cash incentives worth almost £45 million helped to clinch the deal .
You can get some really good deals on the internet.
She and Branson have been discussing a possible business deal together.
The merger is still far from being a done deal .
a new band signing a major record deal
2.) a great deal also a good deal
a large quantity of something
= ↑a lot a great deal of
It took a great deal of time and effort.
His work has been attracting a great deal of attention.
a great deal more/less etc
(=a lot more, less etc)
He knew a good deal more than I did.
She's married to a man a good deal older than herself.
3.) ¦(TREATMENT)¦ [C usually singular]
treatment of a particular type that is given or received
a better/fairer etc deal
a better deal for nurses
The prime minister promised farmers a new deal (=a new and fairer system) .
a rough/raw deal
(=unfair treatment)
Women tend to get a raw deal from employers.
4.) it's a deal
spoken used to say that you agree to do something
OK, it's a deal.
5.) ¦(CARDS)¦ [singular]
when you give out cards to players in a card game
It's your deal, Alison.
6.) ¦(WOOD)¦[U]
BrEfir or ↑pine wood used for making things
a deal table
7.) a deal of sth
old-fashioned a large amount of something
→↑big deal
COLLOCATES for sense 1
make/do a deal
strike/cut a deal (=make a deal)
negotiate a deal
close/clinch a deal (=successfully complete a deal)
get a good deal (on something) (=buy something at a good price)
business deal
pay deal
something is a done deal informal (=something has been completely and finally agreed)
HINT sense 2
Only use a great/good deal of with uncountable nouns: a great deal of time/money/work/interest/information
deal 2
deal2 W1S1 v past tense and past participle dealt [delt]
1.) [I and T] also deal sth<=>out
to give playing cards to each of the players in a game
Whose turn is it to deal?
2.) [i]informal
to buy and sell illegal drugs
Many users end up dealing to support their habit.
3.) deal a blow (to sb/sth)
to cause harm to someone or something - used in news reports
deal a heavy/severe/serious etc blow
The sanctions have dealt a severe blow to the local tourism industry.
This will deal a blow to consumer confidence.
deal in phr v
1.) deal in sth
to buy and sell a particular type of product
deal in shares/securities etc
investors dealing in stocks and shares
deal in drugs/stolen goods etc
He then began dealing in heroin.
deal in antiques/second-hand books etc
2.) deal in sth
to be interested or involved in something
As a scientist, I do not deal in speculation.
3.) deal sb in
to include someone in a game of cards
deal out [deal sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to give playing cards to each of the players in a game
I began dealing out the cards.
2.) to decide what kind of punishment someone will get
deal with / [deal with sb/sth] phr v
1.) to take the necessary action, especially in order to solve a problem
= ↑handle
an effective strategy for dealing with disruptive pupils
Don't worry, I'll deal with this.
deal with a problem/issue/matter etc
The council has failed to deal with the problem of homelessness in the city.
deal effectively/adequately etc with sth
They should deal properly and fairly with any complaint.
2.) if a book, speech etc deals with a particular subject, it is about that subject
These ideas are dealt with more fully in Chapter Four.
3.) to do business with someone or have a business connection with someone
Most travel agents do not deal directly with these companies.
4.) to succeed in controlling your feelings about an emotional problem so that it does not affect your life
= ↑cope with
How's he dealing with the whole thing?

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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