\ 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 4) 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

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Other Words from deed


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

Examples of deed in a Sentence


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.


She deeded the house to her children. the philanthropist unexpectedly deeded his entire fortune to the animal shelter
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Researchers at Nankai University in Tianjin in 2017 examined 4,253 property deeds and found the wife’s name listed on only about one in five. New York Times, "A Prosperous China Says ‘Men Preferred,’ and Women Lose," 16 July 2019 Rather than process a deed transfer and sell to a flipper, Sloan gives up on the money and heads out, telling his henchman to kill Nick, who's promptly shot in the back. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Movie review: Frank Grillo action yarn 'Into the Ashes' burns slowly and fizzles out early," 15 July 2019 In many states, this can be done through a gift deed. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "How to Close Heirs’ Property Loopholes," 15 July 2019 The analysis of county property transfer records includes single-family homes only, excluding both condos and duplexes, as well as sheriff’s deed transactions. Rich Exner,, "Suburban median home price in Cuyahoga County jumps sharply up in June," 13 July 2019 Hopper kidnaps Kline and takes him back to his mansion in order to get the deeds proving that the owners are likely reviving the same projects that took place in the lab that El was in. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Mayor Larry Kline in "Stranger Things" Season 3?," 13 July 2019 The lawyers are contending that if the volunteer district is not in control, the deed for the land the multimillion-dollar station sits on will revert to a land trust. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Julian fire department court hearings continued," 12 July 2019 The purpose of national service, for Buckley, was less to elicit good deeds than to elicit gratitude from the volunteers. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 But Vittorio Pozzo, who accomplished the deed for Italy in 1934 and 1938 benefited by a corrupt system under prime minister Benito Mussolini and a depleted field due to the impending second world war. Ann Killion,, "Greatest version of greatest women’s team ever: US wins fourth World Cup," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The property was deeded to Indiana University in 1937 by John Bradford, for the benefit of patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'I'm a human being': How Camp Riley ballet program liberates children with mobility issues," 19 July 2019 So the question therefore becomes whether Tyler Herro eats into the minutes that Dion might perceive as deeded to him? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Can Heat count on a Dion Waiters revival?," 17 July 2019 The brewery’s owner, Eugene Simor, later deeded the Cherry Street tract to Meyer. Joshua Fechter,, "Texas appeals court dismisses city’s appeal in Hays Street Bridge land case," 17 July 2019 The land comprising the cemetery was deeded to the town of Hebron in 1723, by Obadiah Horsford (Hosford), who owned a home across the street., "Group Works To Restore Graves At Wall Street Cemetery," 24 June 2019 The brewery’s owner Eugene Simor later deeded the Cherry Street tract to Meyer. Joshua Fechter,, "Hays Street bridge land will become a park after years-long fight," 13 June 2019 Sussex’s attorney argued that the land should not have been deeded to Tempe as part of a deal, but instead auctioned off to the highest bidder. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Tempe 'squatter' Steve Sussex loses appeal as court rules city has right to boot him from land," 3 Aug. 2016 Each owner receives a fee-simple deeded fractional interest in one suite and shared ownership in the lodge and community common areas. Canyon River Ranch, The Seattle Times, "Fractional ownership can put a vacation dream within reach," 24 Sep. 2018 The owner of Alamo Beer later deeded the property to Meyer. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "City manager approves a controversial project near Hays Street Bridge, with conditions," 24 Mar. 2018

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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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Financial Definition of 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.

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English Language Learners Definition of deed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that is done : an act or action
: a legal document that shows who owns a building or piece of land



English Language Learners Definition of deed (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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.

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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

Legal Definition of deed (Entry 2 of 2)

: to convey by deed

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