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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deed, deed of conveyance, title(noun)

    a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it

    "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"

  2. act, deed, human action, human activity(noun)

    something that people do or cause to happen


  1. deed(Noun)

    An action or act; something that is done.

    I will punish whomever is responsible for this deed!

  2. deed(Noun)

    A brave or noteworthy action; a feat or exploit.

    The knight's deeds won the hearts of the people.

  3. deed(Noun)

    Action or fact, as opposed to rhetoric or deliberation.

    I have fulfilled my promise in word and in deed.

  4. deed(Noun)

    A legal contract showing bond.

    I inherited the deed to the house.

  5. deed(Verb)

    To transfer real property by deed.

    He deeded over the mineral rights to some fellas from Denver.

  6. deed(Adverb)


  7. Origin: From dede, from ded, (West Saxon) dæd, from dēdiz, from dʰēti-. Cognate with Dutch daad, German Tat, Swedish dåd. The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek θέσις. Related to do.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deed(adj)


  2. Deed(verb)

    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

  3. Deed(verb)

    illustrious act; achievement; exploit

  4. Deed(verb)

    power of action; agency; efficiency

  5. Deed(verb)

    fact; reality; -- whence we have indeed

  6. Deed(verb)

    a sealed instrument in writing, on paper or parchment, duly executed and delivered, containing some transfer, bargain, or contract

  7. Deed(verb)

    performance; -- followed by of

  8. Deed(verb)

    to convey or transfer by deed; as, he deeded all his estate to his eldest son

  9. Origin: [AS. dd; akin to OS. dd, D. & Dan. daad, G. that, Sw. dd, Goth. dds; fr. the root of do. See Do, v. t.]


  1. Deed

    A deed is any legal instrument in writing which passes, or affirms or confirms something which passes, an interest, right, or property and that is signed, attested, delivered, and in some jurisdictions sealed. It is commonly associated with transferring title to property. In the United States, deeds may require witnesses to sign. The deed has a greater presumption of validity and is less rebuttable than an instrument signed by the party to the deed. A deed can be unilateral or bilateral. Deeds include conveyances, commissions, licenses, patents, diplomas, and conditionally powers of attorney if executed as deeds. The deed is the modern descendant of the medieval charter, and delivery is thought to symbolically replace the ancient ceremony of livery of seisin. The traditional phrase signed, sealed and delivered refers to the practice of seals; however, attesting witnesses have replaced seals to some extent. Agreements under seal are also called contracts by deed or specialty; in the United States, a specialty is enforceable without consideration. In some jurisdictions, specialties have a liability limitation period of double that of a simple contract and allow for a third party beneficiary to enforce an undertaking in the deed, thereby overcoming the doctrine of privity. Specialties, as a form of contract, are bilateral and can therefore be distinguished from covenants, which, being also under seal, are unilateral promises.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deed

    dēd, n. something done: an act: an exploit: a legal transaction: the written evidence of it.—adj. Deed′ful (Tenn.), marked by deeds or exploits.—adv. Deed′ily.—adjs. Deed′less (Shak.), not having performed deeds; Deed′y, industrious, active.—Deed of saying (Shak.), performance of what has been said or promised.—In deed, in reality. [A.S. dæddón, to do; Ger. thatthun, to do.]

  2. Deed

    dēd, a Scotch form of indeed.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'deed' in Nouns Frequency: #2572

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deed in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of deed in a Sentence

  1. Democritus:

    Word is a shadow of a deed.

  2. Clare Booth Luce:

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  3. Ovid:

    The result justifies the deed.

  4. Gore Vidal:

    A good deed never goes unpunished.

  5. French Proverb:

    From word to deed is a great space.

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