1 of 2


: something that is done
evil deeds
did my good deed for the day
: 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 (see instrument entry 1 sense 5) containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract
gave them the deed to the house
deedless adjective


2 of 2


deeded; deeding; deeds

transitive verb

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

Examples of deed in a Sentence

Noun They taught their children to be kind and to do good deeds. News of their heroic deeds spread far and wide. It's too late now. The deed is done. The land was transferred by deed. He gave them the deed to the property. Verb She deeded the house to her children. the philanthropist unexpectedly deeded his entire fortune to the animal shelter See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The Unification Church sued Barreto in 2019 over the deed claim, including his representations on LinkedIn as the building's owner. CBS News, 15 Feb. 2024 No green deed goes unpunished, however, and Salton Sea is proof of America’s nasty habit of getting in its own way. Alina Clough, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 Update Legal and Financial Documents: Review and update your legal and financial documents, including your will, insurance policies, and property deeds. Ebony Flake, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 Ziya Us Salam, who documented patterns of violence and marginalization against India’s Muslims in a recent book, said the right-wing campaign had reduced Muslims to the worst deeds of Mughal rulers from long ago while overlooking Muslims’ contributions. Hari Kumar Atul Loke, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Awards presented by Commissioner Bob Jacobson and Col. Matt Langer honored these deeds, such as the Meritorious Citizenship Award, the Minnesota State Patrol Commendation Award and the Life Saving Award. Anna Pearson, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 It was later revealed that a few university students were behind the good deed. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Huizar’s friends and relatives have also sought to emphasize his good deeds. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The Herald also used state corporation records, lawsuits, deeds and press releases to map out the networks of the new owners of the properties. Ben Wieder, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024
The administration, though, has spent weeks conveying in word and deed its reluctance to increase the costs of Iranian aggression beyond the many benefits Tehran has accrued as a result of its monthslong campaign of terrorism. The Editors, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024 But that hearing was different from those that came before, because a collection of local Republicans and Democrats had banded together, wearing green and urging the county not to deed away the land under the monument. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Early on, Peg announces her plans to deed the prairie to a wildlife conservation group and home to Ryan after her death, but then a few farm tools and an old rifle are stolen from her shed. In Swing State, Vulture, 17 Sep. 2023 In the Windfall agreement, the city would pay about $6.6 million in construction costs, which would not be needed until May 2023, as well as deed the 3.3-acre site to Windfall, a value of about $2 million. Steve Lord,, 2 Feb. 2022 For instance, the report notes that deed restrictions on affordable homeownership units often limit how much the property can be resold for, as a way to stretch public funding and keep communities affordable. Tiana Woodard,, 13 Sep. 2023 He’s watched many bad movies and really likes action flicks and the hero that’s over-the-top, braggadocious, and talks about his war deeds with no qualms. Vulture, 30 Aug. 2023 In the 1930s, banks wouldn’t lend money to Tenth Street homeowners or buyers because of redlining policies and homes fell into disrepair as homeowners died without will or deed records. Sonia Rao, Dallas News, 17 June 2023 The Mathews County Board of Supervisors is moving ahead with unusual plans to deed the public land under a Confederate statue on the historic courthouse green to a private preservation group, aiming to prevent any future residents from taking it down. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deed was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near deed

Cite this Entry

“Deed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: something that is done : act
we are judged by our deeds
: a legal document by which one person transfers land or buildings to another


2 of 2 verb
: to transfer by deed

Legal Definition


1 of 2 noun
: something done : act sense 1
my free act and deed
: 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
: 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
: 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 sense 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
: special warranty deed in this entry compare warranty deed in this entry
sheriff's 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


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to convey by deed

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