deed Definition

  • 1an action that is performed intentionally or consciously
  • 2a legal document that is signed and delivered, especially one regarding the ownership of property or legal rights

Using deed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She did a good deed by helping the old lady cross the street.

  • Example

    The deed to the house was finally signed and delivered.

  • Example

    He was praised for his heroic deeds during the war.

deed Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using deed

  • to perform a necessary or difficult task, especially one that is unpleasant or morally challenging


    He knew he had to do the deed and tell his friend the truth about what happened.

  • signed, sealed, and delivered

    completed successfully and with finality


    The contract was signed, sealed, and delivered, and there was no going back on the agreement.

  • the devil is in the details

    small things in plans and schemes that can cause serious problems if they are not dealt with carefully


    The project seemed simple at first, but the devil is in the details, and we had to work hard to make sure everything was done correctly.

Phrases with deed

  • a legal document that transfers the title of property to a trustee as security for a loan


    The bank required a deed of trust before approving the mortgage.

  • an act of kindness or generosity towards others


    He felt good after doing a good deed for his neighbor.

  • a legal document that proves ownership of a property


    The title deed to the land was lost in a fire.

Origins of deed

from Old English 'dǣd', meaning 'act, action, something done'


Summary: deed in Brief

The term 'deed' [diːd] refers to an intentional or conscious action, or a legal document regarding property or rights. Examples include 'She did a good deed by helping the old lady cross the street,' and 'The deed to the house was finally signed and delivered.' Phrases like 'good deed' and idioms like 'the devil is in the details' further illustrate the concept of deeds.

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