[tran-sakt, -zakt]

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.

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

Examples from the Web for transact

Contemporary Examples of transact

Historical Examples of transact

  • Austin and I have the most important business to transact at Witherby, so he's driving me over.


    William J. Locke

  • You confuse me, and how can I transact business if I am confused?

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • The proof of this is that they were willing to transact business with him.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The shaikh came to transact some business of consequence to him.

  • The verb kulel means to transact business for another, to act as deputy.

British Dictionary definitions for transact



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper