From Middle English dede, from Old English dēd, (West Saxon) dǣd (“deed, act”), from Proto-Germanic *dēdiz (“deed”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēti- (“deed, action”), *dʰéh₁tis. Cognate with West Frisian died, Dutch daad (“deed, act”), Low German Daat, German Tat (“deed, action”), Swedish and Danish dåd (“act, action”). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek θέσις (thesis, “setting, arrangement”). Related to do.
- Rhymes: -iːd
deed (plural deeds)
- An action or act; something that is done.
- I will punish whomever is responsible for this deed!
- A brave or noteworthy action; a feat or exploit.
- The knight's deeds won the hearts of the people.
- Action or fact, as opposed to rhetoric or deliberation.
- I have fulfilled my promise in word and in deed.
- (law) A legal contract showing bond.
- I inherited the deed to the house.
Derived terms 
- (informal) To transfer real property by deed.
- He deeded over the mineral rights to some fellas from Denver.
- IPA: /deːt/
Middle English 
Alternative forms 
From Old English dēad.
- dead (no longer alive)
- English: dead