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transact

[tran-sakt, -zakt] /trænˈsækt, -ˈzækt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to carry on or conduct (business, negotiations, activities, etc.) to a conclusion or settlement.
verb (used without object)
2.
to carry on or conduct business, negotiations, etc.:
He was ordered to transact only with the highest authorities.
Origin of transact
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin trānsāctus (past participle of trānsigere to carry out, accomplish), equivalent to trāns- trans- + ag(ere) to drive, lead + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
transactor, noun
pretransact, verb (used with object)
untransacted, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See perform.
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  • Wetherell remained in the wagon while Lemuel went in to transact his business.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Austin and I have the most important business to transact at Witherby, so he's driving me over.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • An agent once appointed, people must transact their business with him.

  • The proof of this is that they were willing to transact business with him.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Richard, who had business to transact that morning in the town looked at his watch.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Any one who had business to transact could do it as safely by night as by day.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • I'm going down to transact some of the weary old business with him just now, and I'll hint at your coming.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • When he came to consider it, why should he not transact his business with Dora?

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • In consequence of which he never kept an appointment, never could transact any business, and never knew the value of anything!

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for transact

transact

/trænˈzækt/
verb
1.
to do, conduct, or negotiate (business, a deal, etc)
Derived Forms
transactor, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin trānsactus, from trānsigere, literally: to drive through, from trans- + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for transact
v.

1580s, from Latin transactus, past participle of transigere "to drive through, accomplish" (see transaction). Related: Transacted; transacting.

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