trans·​act | \tran-ˈzakt, tran(t)-ˈsakt \
transacted; transacting; transacts

Definition of transact 

transitive verb

1 : to carry to completion transact a sale

2 : to carry on the operation or management of : do transact business

intransitive verb

: to carry on business

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Other Words from transact

transactor \ tran-​ˈzak-​tər , tran(t)-​ˈsak-​tər \ noun

Examples of transact in a Sentence

We had some important business to transact with our distributors. transact a real estate deal

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Buyers can grant power of attorney to a lawyer to represent them at the closing and finalize the deal, which is transacted in the local currency. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Nicaragua," 2 May 2018 The first is a decentralized database that maps people’s phone numbers to public encryption keys, alphanumeric strings required for transacting in cryptocurrency. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Ex-GoDaddy Execs Raise $6.5 Million for Cheap, Android Phone-Friendly Blockchain," 22 June 2018 Of course a northern Ohio fake-ID manufacturing ring operating on Reddit would prefer to transact in bitcoin. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Dark Side of the Crypto Revolution," 17 June 2018 So the promise that the government’s going to give you a currency that’s free to transact in society, that’s a broken promise. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Chain CEO Adam Ludwin answers cryptocurrency questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 Mar. 2018 Agents and clients transact business through its smartphone application. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Do you need to pay all that money to a real estate agent? Upstart firms say no," 12 Feb. 2018 Very few categories are as big as this trillion dollars of spending on local services, almost completely offline with no digital revolution for how they are discovered and transacted. Carolyn Said,, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 People transacted business by trading actual, physical things. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Classic '98: Funny money," 3 June 2018 The apparent demise of that deal and the resumption of American sanctions against companies transacting with Iran is expected to cost European firms billions of dollars in sales, with French, German and Italian interests especially vulnerable. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Europe, an Unpleasant Question: Confront Trump or Avoid a Costly Trade War," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of transact

circa 1585, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for transact

Latin transactus, past participle of transigere to drive through, complete, transact, from trans- + agere to drive, do — more at agent

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English Language Learners Definition of transact

: to do (business) with another person, company, etc.


trans·​act | \tran-ˈzakt \
transacted; transacting

Kids Definition of transact

: to carry on : manage, conduct transacting business

trans·​act | \tran-ˈzakt, -ˈsact \

Legal Definition of transact 

1 : to carry on business

2 in the civil law of Louisiana : to settle a dispute by a transaction

transitive verb

1 : to carry to completion transact a sale

2 : to carry on the operation or management of transact business

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