Definition of deed in English:


Syllabification: deed
Pronunciation: /dēd


1chiefly literary An action that is performed intentionally or consciously: doing good deeds
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  • Her kind nature was ever to the fore and she performed many good deeds in her own quiet manner.
  • The Executive has made a virtue of preaching the need for reform without accompanying those words with deeds.
  • But some, who saw what took place, said: From where does this child spring, since his every word is an accomplished deed?
1.1A brave or noble act: their deeds will live on in song
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  • The heroic deeds of this brave and noble Irishman have brought honour and glory to his native Annascaul and West Kerry
  • Our hearts swell with pride, and our thoughts drift to memories of fallen friends, brave deeds, and the proud legions who have gone before.
  • For Kass, the sting of death makes for stronger friendships, greater loves, more ardent learning, and nobler deeds.
1.2Action or performance: she had erred in both deed and manner
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  • In the evening, crowds attend Ramalila, dramatic performances recounting Rama's deeds.
  • For I am sure that even for this humble deed, I deserve a lot more than credit.
2A legal document that is signed and delivered, especially one regarding the ownership of property or legal rights. See also title deed.
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  • Minors can't sign deeds or other legal documents, and they aren't allowed to receive money once the property is sold.
  • Store original documents, property deeds and birth certificates in a bank safe deposit box.
  • Normally when lending money on the security of a mortgage, a mortgagee will take the deeds to the property away from the estate owner in order to prevent him dealing further with the property.
legal document, contract, indenture, instrument


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Convey or transfer (property or rights) by legal deed: they deeded their property to their children
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  • In 1954 Rodia packed up his few belongings, deeded his property to his neighbor, Louis H. Saucedo, and walked away, never to return.
  • Bonny Doon produces fine cypress, rather than fine wine, because The Nature Conservancy bought the property in 1989 and deeded it to the state as an ecological reserve.
  • The place is the Dakota territory, whose black hills were deeded by treaty to the Sioux.


Old English dēd, dǣd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch daad and German Tat, from an Indo-European root shared by do1.

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