Meaning of “deal with sth” in the English Dictionary

"deal with sth" in British English

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deal with sth

phrasal verb with deal uk /diːl/ us /diːl/ verb [ I or T ] dealt, dealt

(TAKE ACTION)

B1 to take action in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem:

How do you intend to deal with this problem?

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  • "I simply haven't got time to deal with the problem today, " she said brusquely.
  • Several subcommittees will be set up to deal with specific environmental issues.
  • The older drugs didn't deal effectively with the malaria parasite.
  • In my judgment, we should let the solicitor deal with this.
  • We will deal with your order as quickly as possible.

(BE ABOUT)

to be about or be on the subject of something:

Her new movie deals with the relationship between a woman and her sick daughter.
The author has tried to deal with (= write about) a very difficult subject.

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  • The lecturer temporarily departed from her subject to deal with a related theory.
  • All the papers deal with the same subject in their editorials.
  • The novel deals with grand themes, but is never heavy or pretentious.
  • Waugh's first volume of memoirs dealt with his childhood and youth.
  • Her new film deals with the relationship between a woman and her sick daughter.

(Definition of “deal with sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deal with sth" in Business English

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deal with sth

phrasal verb with deal uk /diːl/ us verb past tense and past participle dealt

to do something in order to achieve something or in order to solve a problem:

A few minor technical problems will have to be dealt with.

to be responsible for a particular job or activity in a company or organization:

to be about a particular subject:

The Act deals with the provision of suitable facilities for disabled employees.

(Definition of “deal with sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)