deed
I. noun Etymology: Middle English dede, from Old English dǣd; akin to Old English dōn to do Date: before 12th century 1. something that is done <
evil deeds
>
2. a usually illustrious act or action ; feat, exploit <
a hero's daring deeds
>
3. the act of performing ; action <
righteous in word and in deed
>
4. a signed and usually sealed instrument containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract • deedless adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1758 to convey or transfer by deed

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  • deed — 1 n 1: something done: act (1) my free act and deed 2: a written instrument by which a person transfers ownership of real property to another see also deliver …   Law dictionary

  • deed — [diːd] noun [countable] LAW a formal written document that is a record of an agreement, especially one relating to property: • The parties to a deed should sign it in the presence of a witness. ˈtitle deed LAW PROPERTY a legal document proving …   Financial and business terms

  • Deed — Deed, n. [AS. d[=ae]d; akin to OS. d[=a]d, D. & Dan. daad, G. that, Sw. d[*a]d, Goth. d[=e]ds; fr. the root of do. See {Do}, v. t.] 1. That which is done or effected by a responsible agent; an act; an action; a thing done; a word of extensive… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deed — [di:d] n [: Old English; Origin: dAd] 1.) formal something someone does, especially something that is very good or very bad ▪ After the morning s good deeds he deserved a rest. ▪ She tried to strangle her baby and her lover helped her finish the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Deed — Deed, v. t. To convey or transfer by deed; as, he deeded all his estate to his eldest son. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deed — [dēd] n. [ME dede < OE ded, dæd, akin to Ger tat, ODu dede, ON dath, Goth deds: for IE base see DO1] 1. a thing done; act 2. a feat of courage, skill, etc. 3. action; actual performance [honest in word and deed] 4. Law …   English World dictionary

  • Deed — (d[=e]d), a. Dead. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deed — [ did ] noun count * 1. ) usually plural LEGAL an official document that gives details of a legal agreement, especially about who owns a building or piece of land 2. ) LITERARY something that someone does someone s good deed for the day HUMOROUS… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • deed — O.E. dæd a doing, act, action, transaction, event, from P.Gmc. *dædis (Cf. O.S. dad, O.N. dað, O.Fris. dede, M.Du. daet, Du. daad, O.H.G. tat, Ger. Tat deed, Goth. gadeþs a putting, placing ), from PIE *dhetis ( …   Etymology dictionary

  • deed — n *action, act Analogous words: exploit, *feat, achievement deed vb *transfer, convey, alienate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deed — [n1] achievement accomplishment, act, action, adventure, ballgame, big idea*, bit, byplay, cause, commission, crusade, do, enterprise, exploit, fact, feat, follow through, game, happenin’*, performance, plan, quest, reality, securing, stunt,… …   New thesaurus

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