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deal

noun uk   /dɪəl/ us  

deal noun (AGREEMENT)

B2 [C] an agreement or an arrangement, especially in business: a business deal The unions and management have made a two-year pay and productivity deal. I'll make/do a deal with you - you wash the car and I'll let you use it tonight. She got a good deal (= paid a low price) on her new house. Is industry getting a raw/rough deal from (= being unfairly/badly treated by) the EU?Business and commerce - general words

deal noun (AMOUNT)

a good/great deal B2 a large amount: She spends a good deal of her time in Glasgow. A great deal of effort has gone into making the software reliable. They still need a great deal more money to finish the project.Masses and large amounts of things

deal noun (SHARING OUT)

[C] the act of dealing (= sharing out) something, especially playing cards: It's your deal (= turn to deal).Actions involved in playing cards

deal

verb [I or T] uk   /dɪəl/ (dealt, dealt) us  

deal verb [I or T] (DO BUSINESS)

to do business: We only deal with companies which have a good credit record.slang How long had she been dealing (= selling drugs) before she was arrested?slang He was suspected of dealing (= selling) cocaine.Business and commerce - general words

deal verb [I or T] (SHARE OUT)

to give or share out something, especially playing cards: Whose turn is it to deal? Would you like to deal (out) the cards? [+ two objects] Deal them five cards each./Deal five cards to each of them. We have only a small amount of food and clothing to deal out to each refugee.Actions involved in playing cards deal a blow to sb/sth (also deal sb/sth a blow) to cause someone or something, usually a plan or hope, to fail or to be affected very badly: The latest trade figures have dealt a severe blow to hopes of an early economic recovery.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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