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[tran-sakt, -zakt] /trænˈsækt, -ˈzækt/
verb (used with object)
to carry on or conduct (business, negotiations, activities, etc.) to a conclusion or settlement.
verb (used without object)
to carry on or conduct business, negotiations, etc.:
He was ordered to transact only with the highest authorities.
Origin of transact
1575-85; < Latin trānsāctus (past participle of trānsigere to carry out, accomplish), equivalent to trāns- trans- + ag(ere) to drive, lead + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
transactor, noun
pretransact, verb (used with object)
untransacted, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See perform. Unabridged
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  • Austin and I have the most important business to transact at Witherby, so he's driving me over.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • You confuse me, and how can I transact business if I am confused?

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The proof of this is that they were willing to transact business with him.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The shaikh came to transact some business of consequence to him.

  • The verb kulel means to transact business for another, to act as deputy.

  • He had been told to transact business with Mrs. Parloe and with nobody else.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Any one who had business to transact could do it as safely by night as by day.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • When he came to consider it, why should he not transact his business with Dora?

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • You cannot read, nor study, nor talk, nor transact business.

    Quiet Talks on Power S.D. Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for transact


to do, conduct, or negotiate (business, a deal, etc)
Derived Forms
transactor, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin trānsactus, from trānsigere, literally: to drive through, from trans- + agere to drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transact

1580s, from Latin transactus, past participle of transigere "to drive through, accomplish" (see transaction). Related: Transacted; transacting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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