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Old English dæd "a doing, act, action, transaction, event," from Proto-Germanic *dediz (source also of Old Saxon dad, Old Norse dað, Old Frisian dede, Middle Dutch daet, Dutch daad, Old High German tat, German Tat "deed," Gothic gadeþs "a putting, placing"), from PIE *dheti- "thing laid down or done; law; deed" (source also of Lithuanian detis "load, burden," Greek thesis "a placing, setting"), suffixed form of root *dhe- "to set, place, put" (compare do). Sense of "written legal document" is early 14c. As a verb, 1806, American English Related: Deeded; deeding.