Definitions for: Deed


[n] a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the book was her finest effort"
[n] a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"



Webster (1913) Definition: Deed, a.
Dead. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Deed, n. [AS. d?d; akin to OS. d[=a]d, D. & Dan. daad, G.
thai, Sw. d[*a]d, Goth. d?ds; fr. the root of do. See Do,
v. t.]
1. That which is done or effected by a responsible agent; an
act; an action; a thing done; -- a word of extensive
application, including, whatever is done, good or bad,
great or small.

And Joseph said to them, What deed is this which ye
have done? --Gen. xliv.
15.

We receive the due reward of our deeds. --Luke
xxiii. 41.

Would serve his kind in deed and word. --Tennyson.

2. Illustrious act; achievement; exploit. ``Knightly deeds.''
--Spenser.

Whose deeds some nobler poem shall adorn. --Dryden.

3. Power of action; agency; efficiency. [Obs.]

To be, both will and deed, created free. --Milton.

4. Fact; reality; -- whence we have indeed.

5. (Law) A sealed instrument in writing, on paper or
parchment, duly executed and delivered, containing some
transfer, bargain, or contract.

Note: The term is generally applied to conveyances of real
estate, and it is the prevailing doctrine that a deed
must be signed as well as sealed, though at common law
signing was formerly not necessary.

Blank deed, a printed form containing the customary legal
phraseology, with blank spaces for writing in names,
dates, boundaries, etc.

6. Performance; -- followed by of. [Obs.] --Shak.

In deed, in fact; in truth; verily. See Indeed.


Deed, v. t.
To convey or transfer by deed; as, he deeded all his estate
to his eldest son. [Colloq. U. S.]

Synonyms: deed of conveyance, effort, exploit, feat, title

See Also: accomplishment, achievement, acquiring, actuation, bill of sale, causation, causing, deed poll, delivery, departure, derring-do, digging up, discovery, disinterment, disposal, disposition, effectuation, egress, egression, emergence, equalisation, equalization, exhumation, find, getting, going, going away, hit, implementation, instrument, leaving, legal document, legal instrument, leveling, mortgage deed, obstetrical delivery, official document, propulsion, rally, rallying, recovery, retrieval, running away, stunt, title deed, touch, touching, tour de force, uncovering

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