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  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to convey or transfer by deed.
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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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Examples from the Web for deeded

Historical Examples

  • The mill is also on deeded land, and together they are a plague spot.

    The Forester's Daughter

    Hamlin Garland

  • You deeded him to Morpheus; and the recording angel gave you credit.

  • Our property, all deeded to a board of trustees, is valued at $10,000.

  • To the school the legislature of Alabama in 1824 deeded a half section of land.

  • Because Bill had no homestead, no deeded land, and had not tried to get any.

    The Homesteader

    Oscar Micheaux

British Dictionary definitions for deeded


  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
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  1. (tr) US and Canadian to convey or transfer (property) by deed
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Word Origin

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



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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