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deed

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noun \ ˈdēd \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of deed

1 :something that is done
  • evil deeds
  • did my good deed for the day
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 (see 1instrument 4) containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract
  • gave them the deed to the house

deedless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of deed in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of deed

Middle English dede, from Old English dǣd; akin to Old English dōn to do


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deed

verb

Definition of deed

transitive verb
law
:to convey or transfer by a signed instrument containing a legal transfer, bargain, or contract :to convey or transfer by deed (see 1deed 4)
  • deeded the house to her son

Examples of deed in a Sentence

  1. She deeded the house to her children.

  2. the philanthropist unexpectedly deeded his entire fortune to the animal shelter

Recent Examples of deed from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of deed

see 1deed


Financial Definition of DEED

deed

What It Is

A deed is an ownership document that entitles its holder to specific rights to a property based on a set of explicit conditions.

How It Works

In most cases, a deed establishes proper ownership of a piece of property such as a home or automobile. The deed grants the holder explicit privileges and rights that may only be exercised under duly expressed conditions. In this respect, a deed's conferment of unique rights or privileges brings with it a unique set of responsibilities.

An example would be a deed of ownership to a home. While the freedom inherent in the deed allows the holder to take many actions regarding the home, he is bound by the conditions of home ownership. For instance, though he may build a balcony on the back of his house, he may not be able to install a high-power speaker system as it could disturb the neighbors.

Why It Matters

A deed sets specific privileges and rights that the holder alone may exercise and it sets rules that render the holder responsible for the consequences of exercising those rights.


DEED Defined for English Language Learners

deed

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noun

Definition of deed for English Language Learners

  • : something that is done : an act or action

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


deed

verb

Definition of deed for English Language Learners

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


DEED Defined for Kids

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deed

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noun \ ˈdēd \

Definition of deed for Students

1 :something that is done :act
  • a brave deed
2 :a legal document by which a person transfers land or buildings to another

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deed

verb

Definition of deed for Students

deeded; deeding
:to transfer by a deed
  • He deeded the house to the new owners.

Law Dictionary

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deed

noun

legal Definition of deed

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, grantee, grantor, recording act, registry, title — compare certificate of title
Note: A deed must be properly executed and delivered in order to be effective. Additionally, the grantor must have freely intended to make the transfer at the time of the conveyance. Deeds are recorded at the local registry of deeds to give notice of ownership.
bargain and sale deed
1 :a contract resulting from a bargain between a buyer and a seller of real property that creates a use in the buyer and therefore transfers title to the buyer by operation of law
2 :a deed in which the grantor makes no warranties of title to the grantee
deed-in-lieu \-in-ˈlü\
:deed in lieu of foreclosure in this entry
deed in lieu of foreclosure
:a deed from a mortgagor conveying title to the mortgaged property to the mortgagee in payment of the debt
Note: Deeds in lieu of foreclosure are sometimes used as an alternative to foreclosure.
deed of trust
:an instrument securing a debt in which a debtor conveys the legal ownership of real property to a trustee to be held in trust for the benefit of the creditor or to be sold upon the debtor's default to pay the debt :a mortgage with a power of sale called also trust deed
master deed
:a deed that submits the land described therein to the provisions of a state's law regarding condominiums and sets out various information (as about the units, common areas, bylaws, and rights of the owners) as required under state law — compare declaration of condominium at declaration 4
quitclaim deed
:a deed that grants only whatever title or interest the grantor had to the property without any warranty as to the title
2 :special warranty deed in this entry — compare warranty deed in this entry
sheriffʼs deed
:a deed given to a buyer of property purchased at a sheriff's sale
special warranty deed
:a deed in which the property transferred is warranted to be free of all liens or encumbrances made by, through, or under the grantor but not otherwise
tax deed
:a deed evidencing the transfer of title acquired by the grantee as purchaser of property at a tax sale — compare tax certificate
trust deed
:deed of trust in this entry
unit deed
:a deed conveying a condominium unit
warranty deed
:a deed warranting that the grantor has a good title free and clear of all encumbrances and will defend the grantee against all claims — compare quitclaim deed and special warranty deed in this entry

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deed

transitive verb

legal Definition of deed

:to convey by deed


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