deed

[ deed ]
/ did /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to convey or transfer by deed.

Nearby words

  1. deductively,
  2. deduplicate,
  3. dedéagach,
  4. dee,
  5. dee, john,
  6. deed box,
  7. deed poll,
  8. deejay,
  9. deek,
  10. deelie

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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British Dictionary definitions for deed

deed

/ (diːd) /

noun

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

verb

(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

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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