Definition of deed in US English:

deed

noun

  • 1literary An action that is performed intentionally or consciously.

    ‘doing good deeds’
    • ‘It is vital to be able to both express it in words and to perform it in deeds.’
    • ‘Yet some of our best leaders have performed their greatest deeds well past our supposed retirement age.’
    • ‘But what would our world be without these non-conformists who perform unspoken deeds in the dead of night?’
    • ‘A man of noble qualities, John performed many kind deeds during his long life.’
    • ‘God considers a good intention as though one had performed a good deed.’
    • ‘One who resolves to give his life for God if called upon has the merit of an actual martyr, since God considers a good intention as an accomplished deed.’
    • ‘You have good intuition and this will help you in performing several meritorious deeds.’
    • ‘Clans identify with animals that performed a kind deed or may have helped an ancestor through a crisis.’
    • ‘Hayley Joel Osment designs the ultimate good Samaritan pyramid scheme, doing good deeds for people and asking them to in turn perform three good deeds.’
    • ‘Her kind nature was ever to the fore and she performed many good deeds in her own quiet manner.’
    • ‘As a result of the defeat, his every deed will be performed under a magnifying glass.’
    • ‘For Katharine Casey doing a good deed was a reward in itself.’
    • ‘But some, who saw what took place, said: From where does this child spring, since his every word is an accomplished deed?’
    • ‘Many were the kind deeds performed by this good natured gentleman and he will be sadly missed by family and friends.’
    • ‘For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly.’
    • ‘Those who are devotees (of Vishnu) and who worship Vishnu, are those who perform virtuous deeds.’
    • ‘First, it is clear that we often want to perform the deed and at the same time do not want to suffer the punishment.’
    • ‘She also called on the congregation not to establish a political party but instead to perform good deeds to serve the society.’
    • ‘The Executive has made a virtue of preaching the need for reform without accompanying those words with deeds.’
    • ‘He testifies to seeing Luzhin slip a hundred rouble note into Sonia's pockets, thinking at the time that Luzhin was secretly performing a good deed.’
    act, action, activity
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    1. 1.1 A brave or noble act.
      ‘their deeds will live on in song’
      • ‘However, his brave deed and the actions of his colleagues is now likely to be recognised both by the Garda authorities and the Irish Safety Council.’
      • ‘Nickson was a tall, proud, and handsome captain of the Polish navy, who was loved by all who knew him, and did many brave and valiant deeds.’
      • ‘It's a haunting description, catching as it does both the whiff of dishonour and the sense of brave deeds never acknowledged that clings to our idea of the spy.’
      • ‘It is a modern-day fairy tale complete with magic, an ogre, brave deeds, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.’
      • ‘This brave deed brings him many hardships: injuries, winter storms, and the loss of his companions.’
      • ‘We should try to surpass each other in good and noble deeds.’
      • ‘He feels as he discusses the power of myth that he is able to make people experience both terrible and noble deeds.’
      • ‘Jambai has no intention of just sitting back after doing this noble deed.’
      • ‘But his proud parents Nick and Denise, who run the the Holden Arms, Grane Road, Haslingden, had no idea of his brave deed until days later.’
      • ‘For Kass, the sting of death makes for stronger friendships, greater loves, more ardent learning, and nobler deeds.’
      • ‘The heroic deeds of this brave and noble Irishman have brought honour and glory to his native Annascaul and West Kerry’
      • ‘‘A gentleman never turns away from the opportunity to perform brave and noble deeds,’ Conor said.’
      • ‘Jane's brave deed is likely to raise around £600 towards the running of the centre.’
      • ‘Who do you admire for his or her bravery, great deeds or noble qualities?’
      • ‘He was simply an icon of the West, a doer of brave deeds on the great frontier.’
      • ‘The fact that he has friends at all is only due to his infrequent but stunningly noble deeds.’
      • ‘Our hearts swell with pride, and our thoughts drift to memories of fallen friends, brave deeds, and the proud legions who have gone before.’
      • ‘This fall, as we've witnessed the devastation of the California wildfires, we have been reminded yet again of the firefighters' brave deeds.’
      • ‘He further recounted how the brave deeds of Harmodios and Aristogeiton were immortalized by an inscription on the sculpture's base.’
      • ‘This outrageously noble deed must not remain singular.’
    2. 1.2 Action or performance.
      ‘she had erred in both deed and manner’
      • ‘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.’
      fact, reality, truth, actuality
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  • 2A legal document that is signed and delivered, especially one regarding the ownership of property or legal rights.

    See also title deed
    • ‘By Hammurabi's time, in Mesopotamia there had accumulated literally centuries of archived legal decisions and property deeds.’
    • ‘He enclosed a copy of the will, the original conveyance to the testator and the two deeds of gift.’
    • ‘As a last resort, you could also apply to have a judgment mortgage registered on the deeds of your debtor's property.’
    • ‘There were no written documents from the 1948 meeting, and no deeds or leases were ever executed in relation to the property.’
    • ‘Several opponents on the path have barred railroads from their land by adding restrictive covenants to their property deeds.’
    • ‘All your parents need to do is sign a deed conveying ownership of the home to you.’
    • ‘There was no restrictive covenant in the deeds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Store original documents, property deeds and birth certificates in a bank safe deposit box.’
    • ‘Minors can't sign deeds or other legal documents, and they aren't allowed to receive money once the property is sold.’
    • ‘Although Harriet made a contribution to the purchase price Ian told her that there was a limit to the number of names that could appear on the deeds to the property.’
    • ‘He prepared a mortgage deed, which the defendant executed.’
    • ‘It is all very well to sign these deeds of settlements but we need Governments with the gall to implement them.’
    • ‘There was, in the events which happened, no tie or crossover between the loan contract and the mortgage deed.’
    • ‘It suggests, perhaps, that we are indeed at last moving a little bit faster between the time the deeds of settlement are signed, and the time legislation comes to this House.’
    • ‘She instructed the defendants to draw up on her behalf a new will and two deeds of gift accordingly.’
    • ‘There is also a flat fee of £35 payable to register property deeds with the Registry of Deeds.’
    • ‘Senior mortgages or deeds - loans taken out prior to the one in default - are your responsibility if you buy the property.’
    • ‘He wants to grant deeds of ownership to vendors and shop owners in the underground economy.’
    • ‘Owners should start with their property deeds, which will detail all past owners.’
    legal document, contract, legal agreement, indenture, instrument
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verb

[with object]North American
  • Convey or transfer (property or rights) by legal deed.

    ‘they deeded their property to their children’
    • ‘In the 1838 Treaty of Oak Creek, the federal government deeded a 65,000-acre reservation to the Oneida Nation when a segment of the tribe was transferred from New York to Wisconsin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1954 Rodia packed up his few belongings, deeded his property to his neighbor, Louis H. Saucedo, and walked away, never to return.’
    • ‘The sixty feet now claimed by the Defendants lies north of the lane, clearly on the land deeded to the Plaintiffs.’
    • ‘The place is the Dakota territory, whose black hills were deeded by treaty to the Sioux.’
    transfer, give the right of, give the title of, grant, cede, devolve, lease
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

deed

/dēd//did/