Deal

Deal

, v. i. 1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
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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.
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They buy and sell, they deal and traffic.
South.
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This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels.
Dr. H. More.
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3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
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Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either.
Bacon.
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4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
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If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true.
Tillotson.
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5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.
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To deal by, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by servants. "Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind." Locke. -- 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.
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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.
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Return . . . and I will deal well with thee.
Gen. xxxii. 9.
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