Deed a. Dead. [Obs.]
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.”
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.]
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.]
n 1: a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the
book was her finest effort" [syn: feat, effort, exploit]
2: 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" [syn: deed of