deal Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"deal" in British English

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dealnoun

uk   us   /diːl/

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 ​lowprice) on her new ​house. Is ​industry getting araw/​rough deal from (= being ​unfairly/​badlytreated by) the EU?
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deal noun (AMOUNT)

a good/great deal
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B2 a ​largeamount: She ​spends a good deal of her ​time in ​China. A ​great deal of ​effort has gone into making the ​softwarereliable. They still need a ​great deal more ​money to ​finish the ​project.

deal noun (SHARING OUT)

[C] the ​act of dealing (= ​sharing out) something, ​especiallyplayingcards: It's ​your deal (= ​turn to deal).

dealverb [I or T]

uk   us   /diːl/ (dealt, dealt)

deal verb [I or T] (DO BUSINESS)

to do ​business: We only deal withcompanies which have a good ​creditrecord.slang How ​long had she been dealing (= ​sellingdrugs) before she was ​arrested?slang He was ​suspected of dealing (= ​selling)cocaine.
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deal verb [I or T] (SHARE OUT)

to give or ​share out something, ​especiallyplayingcards: 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 ​smallamount of ​food and ​clothing to deal out to each ​refugee.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 ​latesttradefigures have dealt a ​severeblow to ​hopes of an early ​economicrecovery.
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(Definition of deal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deal" in American English

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dealnoun

 us   /dil/

deal noun (AGREEMENT)

[C] an ​agreement or ​arrangement, esp. in ​business: They ​bargained with each other but ​finallyagreed to a deal. She got a really good deal (= ​paid a ​lowprice) on her new ​car.

deal noun (AMOUNT)

[U] a ​largeamount or very much: She used to ​talk a ​great deal about her ​childhood in Indiana.

deal noun (GIVING OUT)

[C] a ​turn to give out ​playingcards: It’s ​your deal.

dealverb [I/T]

 us   /dil/ (past tense and past participle dealt  /delt/ )

deal verb [I/T] (HAVE AGREEMENT)

to do ​business with or be ​involved with someone or something: [I] We only deal with ​companies that have a good ​creditrecord. [I] They ​mainly deal in (= ​buy and ​sell)mutualfunds.

deal verb [I/T] (GIVE OUT)

to give or give out something, esp. ​playingcards: [I/T] Whose ​turn is it to deal (the ​cards)? [T] fig. Tonight’s ​defeat dealt a ​blow to (= ​damaged) her ​hopes of making it to the ​finals.
(Definition of deal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deal" in Business English

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dealnoun [C]

uk   us   /diːl/
an ​agreement or ​arrangement made between two ​people or ​companies: do/make a deal A ​spokeswoman for the ​agency said they would not give any further ​information until they are ​close to making a deal.cut/strike a deal After several weeks of ​talks no deal has been ​struck.close/seal a deal They ​anticipateclosing the deal in 60 to 90 days, ​pendingenvironmental and ​financialreviews.back out of/pull out of a deal He ​suspected them of ​trying to back out of the deal. Green only goes into business deals if he can see a way of ​turning a problem into a ​profit. The President's ​team has been very ​active in ​pushing trade deals. We did a great deal with our ​suppliers. The ​proposed deal between the two ​companies had ​fallen through.a £20 million/$14bn, etc. deal Stannard ​bought the ​company in a £20 million deal.a deal to do sth This week the ​companyconcluded a deal to ​sell 313 of its ​stores.
a good, or ​lower than usual, ​price: a good/excellent, etc. deal I got a good deal on my new ​phonecontract.a deal on sth The ​hotel also ​offers deals on the ​hire of bicycles.
a done deal an ​agreement or ​arrangement that has been made and is now ​certain to ​happen: The ​takeover is far from a done deal.
(Definition of deal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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