trans·​act | \ tran-ˈzakt How to pronounce transact (audio) , tran(t)-ˈsakt How to pronounce transact (audio) \
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 How to pronounce transactor (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Since then, employees have been operating a DMV Virtual Office, where customers can transact business with help from workers. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California DMV offices could reopen this month, but with coronavirus changes," 5 May 2020 Virginia also permits the operation of retail businesses (e.g., liquor stores, building-supply retailers, dry cleaners), at which customers pass each other and transact business at close quarters. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Justice Department Intervenes against Northam’s Communal Worship Restrictions," 4 May 2020 However, micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses have already been taking orders, addressing queries, and transacting on it for some years now. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Mukesh Ambani’s Facebook deal should make India’s online grocers nervous," 21 Apr. 2020 Yet the city permits food delivery by drive-through service, where drivers roll down their car windows and transact in close quarters with restaurant staff. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Justice Department Achieves a Victory for Religious Liberty," 16 Apr. 2020 Bryan also declared that there would be no business transacted during the noon hour to allow everyone to participate. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so do calls for days of prayer and fasting," 31 Mar. 2020 Duenas came under suspicion last month after an audit of the store’s inventory revealed missing weapons and sales that had been transacted without proper paperwork, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Gun store manager at LAPD Academy arrested for allegedly stealing firearms, selling them to officers," 9 Apr. 2020 GE Appliances transacts approximately $58 million in business with suppliers across Alabama. William Thornton |, al, "GE Appliances offering ‘appreciation pay’ for Decatur workers during outbreak," 7 Apr. 2020 The region’s dominance also reflects in transaction volume and value as Sub Saharan Africa accounted for over 60% of the $690 billion transacted through mobile money services last year. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Mobile money crossed a key milestone last year—that’s good news for Africa’s coronavirus battle," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of transact was circa 1585

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12 May 2020

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“Transact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce transact (audio) How to pronounce transact (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of transact

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


trans·​act | \ tran-ˈzakt How to pronounce transact (audio) \
transacted; transacting

Kids Definition of transact

: to carry on : manage, conduct transacting business
trans·​act | \ tran-ˈzakt, -ˈsact How to pronounce transact (audio) \

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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