Meaning of “deal” in the English Dictionary

"deal" in English

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uk /diːl/ 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 low price) on her new house.
Is industry getting a raw/rough deal from (= being unfairly/badly treated by) the EU?

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deal noun (AMOUNT)

a good/great deal

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B2 a large amount:

She spends a good deal of her time in China.
A great deal of effort has gone into making the software reliable.
They still need a great deal more money to finish the project.

deal noun (SHARING OUT)

[ C ] the act of dealing (= sharing out) something, especially playing cards:

It's your deal (= turn to deal).

dealverb [ I or T ]

uk /diːl/ us /diːl/ dealt, dealt

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.

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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.
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.

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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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us /dil/

deal noun (AGREEMENT)

[ C ] an agreement or arrangement, esp. in business:

They bargained with each other but finally agreed to a deal.
She got a really good deal (= paid a low price) on her new car.

deal noun (AMOUNT)

[ U ] a large amount 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 playing cards:

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 credit record.
[ I ] They mainly deal in (= buy and sell) mutual funds.

deal verb [ I/T ] (GIVE OUT)

to give or give out something, esp. playing cards:

[ 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 /diːl/ us

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 anticipate closing the deal in 60 to 90 days, pending environmental and financial reviews.
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 company concluded 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 phone contract.
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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His reply has not given me a great deal of confidence that it has the sort of priority that we expect.
There is a great deal of confusion in general between different types of professionals: intellectual professionals are quite a different kettle of fish from professionals in general.
Why though, were there not enough staff in old people's homes and in hospitals to deal with the consequences of the heat wave on elderly people?
A great deal has been achieved.
Coordinating political activities and political strategies requires a great deal of logic, and we are not always used to this in the work of politics.
How are we to deal with this?
In this context, we believe that a great deal of information is needed, and we should beware of engaging in propaganda.
He received a reply in their language that stated that they were unable to deal with his complaint unless he wrote to them in their language.
He has displayed a great deal of commitment to his report and once again this has borne fruit in the form of a good report.
What is equally serious is the lack of a clear will on the part of the authorities to deal with these violations.