noun \ˈdēd\

: something that is done : an act or action

: a legal document that shows who owns a building or piece of land

Full Definition of DEED

:  something that is done <evil deeds>
:  a usually illustrious act or action :  feat, exploit <a hero's daring deeds>
:  the act of performing :  action <righteous in word and in deed>
:  a signed and usually sealed instrument containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract
deed·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of DEED

  1. They taught their children to be kind and to do good deeds.
  2. News of their heroic deeds spread far and wide.
  3. It's too late now. The deed is done.
  4. The land was transferred by deed.
  5. He gave them the deed to the property.

Origin of DEED

Middle English dede, from Old English ̄d; akin to Old English dōn to do
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to give someone ownership of (a building or piece of land) by means of a deed

Full Definition of DEED

transitive verb
:  to convey or transfer by deed

Examples of DEED

  1. She deeded the house to her children.
  2. <the philanthropist unexpectedly deeded his entire fortune to the animal shelter>

First Known Use of DEED

May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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