\ ˈdēd How to pronounce deed (audio) \

Definition of deed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 instrument entry 1 sense 5) containing some legal transfer, bargain, or contract gave them the deed to the house


deeded; deeding; deeds

Definition of deed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from deed


deedless \ ˈdēd-​ləs How to pronounce deed (audio) \ adjective

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: Noun At the same time, in word and deed, the United States has been gradually pushing in the direction of undercutting the Russian military. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Top leaders have addressed the issue in word and deed, but the problem persists. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 Justice Breyer's optimism and profound love of country, expressed through word and deed, have inspired countless others. Ellen Uchimiya, CBS News, 28 Jan. 2022 The company sold a 4.2-acre tract on the far East Side, at Seguin Road and Wood Glen Drive, in mid-January to Team Kam Enterprises Ltd., which is linked to a local fireworks business, deed records and state corporate filings show. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Jan. 2022 Meantime, three straight American presidents— Barack Obama, Donald Trump and now Joe Biden —have demonstrated, through word and deed, that Americans are tired of engagements abroad, particularly military engagements. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Hemings became free in 1796, according to a deed of manumission signed by Jefferson. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, the city went to court to make sure that building an underground parking garage beneath Fountain Square didn’t violate the marketplace deed restriction. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2022 Crampton-Brophy wasn’t listed on the deed to the couple’s home, and grief prevented her from returning to her day job selling Medicare policies, Maxfield said, according to The Oregonian. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the Windfall redevelopment 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,, 4 Mar. 2022 The schedule is designed to ensure that the residences, particularly the ones that are deed restricted, are constructed in a timely fashion, Bibler said. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2022 The process from scavenger sale to deed has been described by developers as complicated and lengthy, with a lot of rules and deadlines that cannot be missed if ownership is to be attained properly through the court. Darcel Rockett,, 26 Jan. 2022 The first step would see the school district deed the land for the project to the city, Morgan explained. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 15 Feb. 2022 In the Windfall agreement, the city will 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,, 11 Feb. 2022 According to a 2020 treasurer’s report on the sale’s history, several years there were not many bidders and not enough properties or lots were going to deed. Darcel Rockett,, 26 Jan. 2022 The statue was removed this year after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled the state, which owns the property, was not bound by a century-old land deed between a group of Henrico County citizens who paid for the bronze sculpture and the commonwealth. Editors, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2021 Renova Flats’ deed, however, doesn’t require any affordable housing or income restrictions. David Calvert, ProPublica, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deed


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


1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deed

Noun and Verb

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

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“Deed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdēd How to pronounce deed (audio) \

Kids Definition of deed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


deeded; deeding

Kids Definition of deed (Entry 2 of 2)

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



Legal Definition of deed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something done : act sense 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 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
2 : 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


transitive verb

Legal Definition of deed (Entry 2 of 2)

: to convey by deed

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