deal Definition

  • 1an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context
  • 2a particular type of agreement or contract
  • 3an amount of something that is available or to be dealt with

Using deal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The two companies made a deal to merge their businesses.

  • Example

    I got a great deal on this car.

  • Example

    The store has a good deal on winter coats right now.

deal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for deal

Idioms Using deal

  • something that is already decided or agreed upon


    The sale of the house is a done deal; we just need to sign the paperwork.

  • an unfair or unfavorable situation or treatment


    I feel like I got a raw deal in the divorce settlement.

  • wheel and deal

    to engage in shrewd or cunning business or political dealings


    He's always wheeling and dealing, trying to get ahead.

Phrases with deal

  • something that is considered important or significant


    So what if I made a mistake? It's not like it's a big deal.

  • to make an agreement or arrangement, especially in a business or political context


    The two sides finally cut a deal after months of negotiations.

  • to come to an agreement or arrangement with someone


    We made a deal that he would do the dishes if I cooked dinner.

Origins of deal

from Old English 'dǣlan', meaning 'divide, share'


Summary: deal in Brief

The term 'deal' [diːl] refers to an agreement between two or more parties for mutual benefit, often in a business or political context. It can also refer to a specific type of agreement or the amount of something available. Phrases like 'big deal' and 'cut a deal' are common idioms. 'A done deal' means something is already decided, while 'a raw deal' implies unfair treatment. 'Wheel and deal' means to engage in shrewd business or political dealings.

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