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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydeal with
he/she/itdeals with
present participledealing with
past tensedealt with
past participledealt with
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  1. 1
    deal with something to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem
    The administration must now deal with the problem of high unemployment.
    I spent the morning dealing with my e-mails.
    be best dealt with (=most effectively): This is a matter that would be best dealt with by the police.
    1. a.
      deal with someone to take the action that is necessary when you are involved with a particular person or type of person
      He believes young offenders should be dealt with quickly and harshly.
  2. 2
    deal with something to accept and control a difficult emotional situation so that you can start to live a normal life again despite it
    She’s dealing with her father’s death very well.
    He’s not great at dealing with stress.
  3. 3
    deal with someone to buy goods or services from someone, or to sell them to someone
    We have dealt with the company for years.
  4. 4
    deal with something to be about a subject
    Chapter 5 deals only briefly with this issue.
    1. a.
      to talk about something
      We’ll deal with the question of poverty in a moment.
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