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From Middle English del, dele, from Old English d?l (“part, share, portion”), from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (“part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *d?ail- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with Scots dele (“part, portion”), West Frisian diel (“part, share”), Dutch deel (“part, share, portion”), German Teil (“part, portion, section”), Danish del (“part”), Swedish del ("part, portion, piece") Icelandic deila (“division, contention”), Gothic ????? (dails, “portion”). Related to Old English d?l (“portion”). More at dole.
deal (plural deals)
- (obsolete) A division, a portion, a share.
- (often followed by of) An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
From Middle English delen, from Old English d?lan (“to divide, part”), from Proto-Germanic *dailijan? (“to divide, part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *d?ail- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with West Frisian diele (“to divide, separate”), Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dalinti (“divide”), Russian ??????? (delķt?).
- (transitive) To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one’s portion or share.
- (transitive) To administer or give out, as in small portions.
- (transitive, intransitive) To distribute cards to the players in a game.
- (baseball) To pitch.
- (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
- (intransitive) To conduct oneself, to behave.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To take action; to act.
- (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in).
- (transitive) To sell, especially to sell illicit drugs.
- (intransitive) To be concerned with.
- (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
deal (plural deals)
- (archaic in general sense) An act of dealing or sharing out.
- The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this.
- A particular instance of buying or selling; a transaction
- Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
- An agreement between parties; an arrangement
- (informal) A situation, occasion, or event.
- (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
From Middle English dele (“plank”), from Middle Low German dele, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *žilj?; cognate with Old English žille (Modern English thill).
deal (countable and uncountable, plural deals)
- (uncountable) Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
- (countable) A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
- (countable, archaic) A wooden board or plank, usually between 12 or 14 feet in length, traded as a commodity in shipbuilding.
deal (not comparable)
- Made of deal.