Deal, v. i. 1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
2. To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he
deals in flour.
They buy and sell, they deal and traffic.South.
This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels.Dr. H. More.
3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either.Bacon.
4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true.Tillotson.
5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to
To deal by, to treat, either well or ill; as, to
by servants. "Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind."
To deal in. (a) To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as, they
deal in political matters. (b) To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler; as, they
deal in fish. --
To deal with. (a) To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with. "Dealing with witches."
Shak. (b) To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.
The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, "dealt with him" on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out.Hawthorne.
Return . . . and I will deal well with thee.Gen. xxxii. 9.
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