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Webster 1913 Edition


Deed

Deed

(dēd)
,
Adj.
Dead.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Deed

,
Noun.
[AS.
dǣd
; akin to OS.
dād
, D. & Dan.
daad
, G.
that
, Sw.
dåd
, Goth.
dēds
; fr. the root of
do
. See
Do
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
That which is done or effected by a responsible agent; an act; an action; a thing done; – a word of extensive application, including, whatever is done, good or bad, great or small.
And Joseph said to them, What
deed
is this which ye have done?
Gen. xliv. 15.
We receive the due reward of our
deeds
.
Luke xxiii. 41.
Would serve his kind in
deed
and word.
Tennyson.
2.
Illustrious act; achievement; exploit.
“Knightly deeds.”
Spenser.
Whose
deeds
some nobler poem shall adorn.
Dryden.
3.
Power of action; agency; efficiency.
[Obs.]
To be, both will and
deed
, created free.
Milton.
4.
Fact; reality; – whence we have indeed.
5.
(Law)
A sealed instrument in writing, on paper or parchment, duly executed and delivered, containing some transfer, bargain, or contract.
☞ The term is generally applied to conveyances of real estate, and it is the prevailing doctrine that a deed must be signed as well as sealed, though at common law signing was formerly not necessary.
Blank deed
,
a printed form containing the customary legal phraseology, with blank spaces for writing in names, dates, boundaries, etc.
6.
Performance; – followed by of.
[Obs.]
Shak.
In deed
,
in fact; in truth; verily. See
Indeed
.

Deed

,
Verb.
T.
To convey or transfer by deed;
as, he
deeded
all his estate to his eldest son
.
[Colloq. U. S.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Deed

DEED

, n.
1.
That which is done, acted or effected; an act; a fact; a word of extensive application, including whatever is done, good or bad, great or small.
And Joseph said to them, what deed is this which ye have done? Gen. x1iv.
We receive the due reward of our deeds. Luke xxv.
2.
Exploit; achievement; illustrious act.
Whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn.
3.
Power of action; agency.
With will and deed created free.
4.
A writing containing some contract or agreement, and the evidence of its execution; particularly, an instrument on paper or parchment, conveying real estate to a purchaser or donee. This instrument must be executed, and the execution attested, in the manner prescribed by law.
Indeed, in fact; in reality. These words are united and called an adverb. But sometimes they are separated by very, in very deed; a more emphatical expression. Ex. ix.

DEED

,
Verb.
T.
To convey or transfer by deed; a popular use of the word in America; as, he deeded all his estate to his eldest son.

Definition 2022


deed

deed

See also: dee'd and 'deed

English

A deed of displacement (4).

Noun

deed (plural deeds)

  1. An action or act; something that is done.
    • Bible, Genesis xliv. 15
      And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye have done?
  2. A brave or noteworthy action; a feat or exploit.
    • Spenser
      knightly deeds
    • Dryden
      whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn
  3. Action or fact, as opposed to rhetoric or deliberation.
    I have fulfilled my promise in word and in deed.
  4. (law) A legal contract showing bond in form of a document.
    I inherited the deed to the house.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

deed (third-person singular simple present deeds, present participle deeding, simple past and past participle deeded)

  1. (informal) To transfer real property by deed.
    He deeded over the mineral rights to some fellas from Denver.

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /deːt/

Verb

deed

  1. singular past indicative of doen

Anagrams


Middle English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English dēad.

Adjective

deed

  1. dead (no longer alive)

Descendants


Scots

Verb

deed

  1. past participle of dee
  2. (South Scots) past participle of dei