- something that is done, performed, or accomplished; an act: Do a good deed every day.
- an exploit or achievement; feat: brave deeds.
- Often deeds. an act or gesture, especially as illustrative of intentions, one's character, or the like: Her deeds speak for themselves.
- Law. a writing or document executed under seal and delivered to effect a conveyance, especially of real estate.
- to convey or transfer by deed.
Origin of deed
Examples from the Web for deed
Over the course of the year, Klaus would repeatedly, through word and deed, demonstrate his sympathies with Putin.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
Then stab her to death and bring me back her lungs and liver as proof of your deed.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
But, alas, Philadelphia received the honor and President Gerald Ford did the deed.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
The endgame for Hamas, avowedly in both word and deed, is Jewish genocide.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
July 10, 2014
Never in word or deed or thought while with them had I betrayed my sorrow even to myself.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
It does not often fall to the lot of a boy to perform a deed so heroic.Brave and Bold
His forte was not in public speaking, but he hoped they would take the will for the deed.Explorations in Australia
But I was proposing--I wanted to deed that piece of marsh to you boys!The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
In all this he has been upright, disinterested and conscientious in word and deed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
They knew not what deed it was that they deemed themselves resolved to do.Fancy's Show-Box (From "Twice Told Tales")
- something that is done or performed; act
- a notable achievement; feat; exploit
- action or performance, as opposed to words
- law a formal legal document signed, witnessed, and delivered to effect a conveyance or transfer of property or to create a legal obligation or contract
- (tr) US and Canadian to convey or transfer (property) by deed
Word Origin and History for deed
Old English dæd "a doing, act, action, transaction, event," from Proto-Germanic *dædis (cf. Old Saxon dad, Old Norse dað, Old Frisian dede, Middle Dutch daet, Dutch daad, Old High German tat, German Tat "deed," Gothic gadeþs "a putting, placing"), from PIE *dhetis (cf. Lithuanian detis "load, burden," Greek thesis "a placing, setting"), from *dhe- "place, put" (see do). Sense of "written legal document" is early 14c. As a verb, 1806, American English Related: Deeded; deeding.