[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. trans-siberian railroad,
  2. trans-siberian railway,
  3. trans.,
  4. transacetylase,
  5. transacetylation,
  6. transactinide,
  7. transactinide element,
  8. transactinide elements,
  9. transaction,
  10. transactional analysis

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 formstrans·ac·tor, nounpre·trans·act, verb (used with object)un·trans·act·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See perform. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transact


/ (trænˈzækt) /


to do, conduct, or negotiate (business, a deal, etc)
Derived Formstransactor, noun

Word Origin for transact

C16: from Latin trānsactus, from trānsigere, literally: to drive through, from trans- + agere to drive

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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.

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