deed

[deed]
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noun
  1. something that is done, performed, or accomplished; an act: Do a good deed every day.
  2. an exploit or achievement; feat: brave deeds.
  3. Often deeds. an act or gesture, especially as illustrative of intentions, one's character, or the like: Her deeds speak for themselves.
  4. Law. a writing or document executed under seal and delivered to effect a conveyance, especially of real estate.
verb (used with object)
  1. to convey or transfer by deed.

Origin of deed

before 900; Middle English dede, Old English dēd, variant of dǣd; cognate with German Tat, Gothic gadēths; see do1
Related formsdeed·less, adjectivere·deed, verb (used with object)un·deed·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See action.
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deed

noun
  1. something that is done or performed; act
  2. a notable achievement; feat; exploit
  3. action or performance, as opposed to words
  4. 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
verb
  1. (tr) US and Canadian to convey or transfer (property) by deed

Word Origin for deed

Old English dēd; related to Old High German tāt, Gothic gadeths; see do 1
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Word Origin and History for deed
n.

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.

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