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[deed] /did/
something that is done, performed, or accomplished; an act:
Do a good deed every day.
an exploit or achievement; feat:
brave deeds.
Often, deeds. an act or gesture, especially as illustrative of intentions, one's character, or the like:
Her deeds speak for themselves.
Law. a writing or document executed under seal and delivered to effect a conveyance, especially of real estate.
verb (used with object)
to convey or transfer by deed.
Origin of deed
before 900; Middle English dede, Old English dēd, variant of dǣd; cognate with German Tat, Gothic gadēths; see do1
Related forms
deedless, adjective
redeed, verb (used with object)
undeeded, adjective
1. See action. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deed
  • In many other cases, however, there are options other than aggression in word or deed.
  • And, above all, they must communicate it to their supporters and demonstrate their commitment to it by word and deed.
  • Throw it in your compost pile, and you're doing a good deed.
  • Once the deed is done, selectivity may come into play.
  • Sometimes dessert sounds better than doing the deed.
  • But an armed takeover of a vessel definitely is a criminal deed.
  • The killer drank a silent toast to a deed well and truly done.
  • He tells the drug-addled cousin who shoots him at the beginning of the film that he loves him even as the deed is being done.
  • One good deed could result in your being hounded by a horde of beggars or relieved of your wallet by professional pickpockets.
  • Citizens walk the streets aware that any word or deed may be noted by agents of some mysterious bureau.
British Dictionary definitions for deed


something that is done or performed; act
a notable achievement; feat; exploit
action or performance, as opposed to words
(law) a formal legal document signed, witnessed, and delivered to effect a conveyance or transfer of property or to create a legal obligation or contract
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to convey or transfer (property) by deed
Word Origin
Old English dēd; related to Old High German tāt, Gothic gadeths; see do1
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Word Origin and History for deed

Old English dæd "a doing, act, action, transaction, event," from Proto-Germanic *dædis (cf. Old Saxon dad, Old Norse dað, Old Frisian dede, Middle Dutch daet, Dutch daad, Old High German tat, German Tat "deed," Gothic gadeþs "a putting, placing"), from PIE *dhetis (cf. Lithuanian detis "load, burden," Greek thesis "a placing, setting"), from *dhe- "place, put" (see do). Sense of "written legal document" is early 14c. As a verb, 1806, American English Related: Deeded; deeding.

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