Meaning of “dealer” in the English Dictionary

"dealer" in British English

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dealernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdiː.lər/ us /ˈdiː.lɚ/

B2 a person who trades in something:

a second-hand car dealer
an antiques dealer
drug dealers

the person who deals the cards in a game

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  • An antique dealer had dated the vase at 1734.
  • The dealer was trying to pass off fakes as valuable antiques.
  • The furniture dealer is rolling back the prices on all beds for this week only.
  • The two women claimed they were the unwitting victims of a drugs dealer who planted a large quantity of heroin in their luggage.
  • It has been alleged that the minister received a secret payoff from an arms dealer.

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

"dealer" in American English

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dealernoun [ C ]

us /ˈdi·lər/

a person or company that buys and sells something:

an antiques dealer
a used-car dealer

(Definition of “dealer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dealer" in Business English

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dealernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdiːlər/ us

COMMERCE a company or a person that sells a particular type of product:

a car/auto/motor dealer
art/arms/scrap metal dealer

UK US trader FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a person or company that buys and sells shares, currencies, etc.:

Bonuses paid to City of London dealers rose sharply this year.

(Definition of “dealer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)