"deals" in the noun sense
1. deal, trade, business deal
a particular instance of buying or selling
"it was a package deal"
"I had no further trade with him"
"he's a master of the business deal"
2. bargain, deal
an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each
"he made a bargain with the devil"
"he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals"
3. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
"a batch of letters"
"a deal of trouble"
"a lot of money"
"he made a mint on the stock market"
"see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"
"it must have cost plenty"
"a slew of journalists"
"a wad of money"
a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
5. softwood, deal
wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
6. hand, deal
the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
"I didn't hold a good hand all evening"
"he kept trying to see my hand"
the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement
"he got a good deal on his car"
the act of distributing playing cards
"the deal was passed around the table clockwise"
the act of apportioning or distributing something
"the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
"deals" in the verb sense
1. cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
"This book deals with incest"
"The course covered all of Western Civilization"
"The new book treats the history of China"
2. consider, take, deal, look at
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
"Take the case of China"
"Consider the following case"
take action with respect to (someone or something
"How are we going to deal with this problem?"
"The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students"
4. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage
succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
"We got by on just a gallon of gas"
"They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
5. distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out
administer or bestow, as in small portions
"administer critical remarks to everyone present"
"dole out some money"
"shell out pocket money for the children"
"deal a blow to someone"
"the machine dispenses soft drinks"
6. deal, sell, trade
do business offer for sale as for one's livelihood
"She deals in gold"
"The brothers sell shoes"
7. manage, deal, care, handle
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
"I can deal with this crew of workers"
"This blender can't handle nuts"
"She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
behave in a certain way towards others
"He deals fairly with his employees"
distribute cards to the players in a game
10. conduct, carry on, deal
direct the course of manage or control
"You cannot conduct business like this"
11. share, divvy up, portion out, apportion, deal
give out as one's portion or share
give (a specific card) to a player
"He dealt me the Queen of Spades"
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