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.
- deedless, adjective
- re·deed, verb (used with object)
- un·deed·ed, adjective
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How to use deed in a sentence
Because it takes these murderous thieves who did terrible things — like locking women and children in a burning church — and makes them a symbol of freedom and adventure, erasing their wicked deeds from historical memory.The Buccaneers embody Tampa’s love of pirates. Is that a problem? | Jamie Goodall | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Beyond the money, though, Currey is grateful that his good deed propelled someone else to do good, too.A homeless man found a wallet. After he returned it, a 12-year-old raised hundreds of dollars for him. | Sydney Page | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Their explanation of why someone like Danson would obscure his good deed “is based on the intuition that making a positive signal harder to spot can serve as a signal in itself,” they write.Larry David and the Game Theory of Anonymous Donations - Facts So Romantic | Brian Gallagher | December 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Water rights were bought and sold through private contracts and government deeds, and public agencies doled out most of the coveted commodity.California has a new market to hedge against record droughts: water futures | Michael J. Coren | December 8, 2020 | Quartz
Miss Manners lives in hope that people will learn to care enough about their reputations to curb their offensive words and deeds.Miss Manners: Shunning, shaming and ‘cancel culture’ | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | James Kirchick | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps more telling, state media called the attack on the studio “a righteous deed.”
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, alas, Philadelphia received the honor and President Gerald Ford did the deed.
The endgame for Hamas, avowedly in both word and deed, is Jewish genocide.
Is it true that whenever we are about to do an ill or unjust deed a shadow of the fruits it will bring comes over us as a warning?Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
She pressed her hands tighter upon her bosom; her eyes sparkled with an odd approval of that brisk deed.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
It is not likely that the inhabitants of Ivrea, who thus commemorate her heroic deed, will ever forget their Mugnaia.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Poor wretches—they were afraid to refuse, yet their gorge rose at the deed, and they fired at the ceiling!The Red Year | Louis Tracy
We soon found opportunity for another deed of charity not dissimilar to this, though its result was more auspicious.
British Dictionary definitions for deed
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
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