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[tran-sakt, -zakt] /trænˈsækt, -ˈzækt/
verb (used with object)
to carry on or conduct (business, negotiations, activities, etc.) to a conclusion or settlement.
verb (used without object)
to carry on or conduct business, negotiations, etc.:
He was ordered to transact only with the highest authorities.
Origin of transact
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. Unabridged
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  • Wetherell remained in the wagon while Lemuel went in to transact his business.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • There is not enough cash in the world to transact a single day's business.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • An agent once appointed, people must transact their business with him.

  • When I transact any business I'm paid to transact it gets transacted.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Richard, who had business to transact that morning in the town looked at his watch.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Exchange: a building where merchants meet to transact business.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • 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
  • Bourse: the same as Exchange, where merchants meet to transact their business.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transact

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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