Definition for DEAL

DEAL, v.i.

  1. To traffick; to trade; to negotiate. They buy and sell, they deal and traffick. – South.
  2. To act between man and man; to intervene; to transact or negotiate between men. He that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both. – Bacon.
  3. To behave well or ill; to act; to conduct one's self in relation to others. Thou shalt not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie. – Lev. xix.
  4. To distribute cards. To deal by, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by domestics. Such one deals not fairly by his own mind. – Locke. To deal in, to have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice. They deal in political matters; they deal in low humor. #2. To trade in; as, to deal in silks, or in cutlery. To deal with, to treat in any manner; to use well or ill. Now will we deal worse with thee. – Gen. xix. Return … and I will deal well with thee. – Gen. xxxii. #2. To contend with; to treat with, by way of opposition, check or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with. #3. To treat with by way of discipline, in ecclesiastical affairs; to admonish.

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