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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.
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 deeds
  • Some, by their deeds and their demeanors, become the toughest of them all.
  • In that three decade interval, the plane and its crews did their brave deeds of service to the nation and built a legend.
  • We need the righteous and their deeds for our example.
  • Steve, the world finally recognizes your good deeds.
  • So he keeps his cash and property deeds in a safe and carries the key in a special pocket in his pants.
  • Fans of the game have created sites to share anecdotes about the bizarre or uncanny deeds they've coaxed out of their creatures.
  • Players rise up or down in the virtual environment depending on whether their deeds are good or bad.
  • People can surprise you for the better, everyday good deeds are proof that people can be innately good.
  • Drunk drivers must suffer the consequences of their deeds.
  • It is the real deeds that matter not the mere signs and declarations.
British Dictionary definitions for deeds


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 deeds



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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