[diːl] (past tense and past participle dealt [delt] ) verb [I/T] I
1) to give cards to the people who are playing a game of cards
Each player is dealt three cards.[/ex]
2) to buy and sell illegal drugs
Many drug addicts often deal as well.[/ex]
deal a blow to — to harm or shock someone or something[/ex]
- deal in sth
- deal (sth) out
- deal with sth
- deal with sb
deal */*/*/[diːl]
1) [C] a formal agreement
a deal with a Japanese TV company[/ex]
I got a really good deal on my new computer (= I got it for a low price).[/ex]
We think there was a deal between the CIA and the FBI.[/ex]
We've cut a deal with Germany (= made an agreement with them) on wine imports.[/ex]
2) [singular] the way in which you are treated by other people
Disabled people have got a raw deal (= they are treated unfairly) under the current government.[/ex]
Unions are demanding a fair deal for nurses.[/ex]
3) [singular] the act of giving cards to the people who are playing a game of cards
Whose deal is it next?[/ex]
4) the deal
[singular] spoken what is happening or going to happen
So, what's the deal? Is she coming or not?[/ex]
a big dealspoken something that is very important[/ex]
Unemployment is a big deal in the region.[/ex]
big dealspoken used for showing that you do not think that something is very good or impressive[/ex]
So she's got a part in the school play? Big deal![/ex]
a good/great deal of sth — a large amount of something[/ex]
A great deal of research has been done already.[/ex]

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