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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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Examples from the web for transact
  • Whether you visit for the food or to transact business, there is no dearth of local hotels situated on major routes.
  • At any time of the day or night customers may transact business by means of electronic machines.
  • Successful currencies are used to transact day-to-day business and lubricate commerce.
  • The company is authorized to transact business within these lines of insurance.
  • Cities are areas where strangers transact with each other.
  • Without being armed they transact nothing, whether of public or private concernment.
  • We've made amazing strides in allowing people to trust perfect strangers enough to transact with them multiple times every day.
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
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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.

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