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deal

2 verb
     
deal2 S1 W1 past tense and past participle dealt
1 [intransitive and transitive] also deal something ↔ outDGC to give playing cards to each of the players in a game:
Whose turn is it to deal?
2 [intransitive] informalMDD to buy and sell illegal drugs:
Many users end up dealing to support their habit.
3

deal a blow (to somebody/something)

to cause harm to someone or something - used in news reports
deal a heavy/severe/serious etc blow
The sanctions have dealt a severe blow to the local tourism industry.
This will deal a blow to consumer confidence.

deal in

phrasal verb
1

deal in something

to buy and sell a particular type of product [↪ dealer]
deal in shares/securities etc
investors dealing in stocks and shares
deal in drugs/stolen goods etc
He then began dealing in heroin.
2

deal in something

to be interested or involved in something:
As a scientist, I do not deal in speculation.
3

deal somebody in

to include someone in a game of cards

deal something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1DGC to give playing cards to each of the players in a game:
I began dealing out the cards.
2 to decide what kind of punishment someone will get

deal with somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to take the necessary action, especially in order to solve a problem [= handle]:
a strategy for dealing with disruptive pupils
Don't worry, I'll deal with this.
deal with a problem/issue/matter etc
The council has failed to deal with the problem of homelessness in the city.
deal effectively/adequately etc with something
They should deal properly and fairly with any complaint.
2 if a book, speech etc deals with a particular subject, it is about that subject:
These ideas are dealt with more fully in Chapter Four.
3 to do business with someone or have a business connection with someone:
Most travel agents do not deal directly with these companies.
4 to succeed in controlling your feelings about an emotional problem so that it does not affect your life [= cope with]:
How's he dealing with the whole thing?
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