- to carry out; accomplish: to execute a plan or order.
- to perform or do: to execute a maneuver; to execute a gymnastic feat.
- to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.
- to murder; assassinate.
- to produce in accordance with a plan or design: a painting executed by an unknown artist.
- to perform or play (a piece of music).
- to give effect or force to (a law, decree, judicial sentence, etc.).
- to carry out the terms of (a will).
- to transact or carry through (a contract, mortgage, etc.) in the manner prescribed by law; complete and give validity to (a legal instrument) by fulfilling the legal requirements, as by signing or sealing.
- Computers. to run (a program or routine) or to carry out (an instruction in a program).
- to perform or accomplish something, as an assigned task.
- Sports. to perform properly the fundamental moves or mechanics of a sport, game, position, or particular play; show smoothness in necessary skills: We just didn't execute defensively.
Origin of execute
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Examples from the Web for well-executed
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like.‘The Good Wife’ Perfects the ‘OMG’ Television Moment
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“This was serious, well-planned, well-executed,” Quigley said.Victims of the Libyan Consulate Attack
September 13, 2012
But these stories are more than well-executed variations on a theme.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
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May 9, 2012
The bin Laden mission hit all the military musts: quick, well-executed, no casualties.The 13 Ballsiest Commando Raids
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May 12, 2011
Jonathan is a master when it comes to simple, well-executed, seasonal fare, and that talent is reflected in Barbuto.Fresh Picks
September 29, 2009
It was certainly a daring and well-executed plan on the part of the President.The Dreadnought of the Air
Percy F. Westerman
People have said that it is not a real stone, but a well-executed imitation.The Woman in the Alcove
Anna Katharine Green
Sniveller, who had been taught the geography of the mansion from a well-executed plan, proceeded to the same door inside.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
Immediately she despatched to his lordship a messenger, conveying him from the house by a well-executed sally.
In the centre, above the entablature, is a group of well-executed winged figures, and beneath is a sculptured pelican.Old and New London
- to put (a condemned person) to death; inflict capital punishment upon
- to carry out; complete; perform; doto execute an order
- to perform; accomplish; effectto execute a pirouette
- to make or produceto execute a drawing
- to carry into effect (a judicial sentence, the law, etc); enforce
- law to comply with legal formalities in order to render (a deed, etc) effective, as by signing, sealing, and delivering
- to sign (a will) in the presence of witnesses and in accordance with other legal formalities
- to carry out the terms of (a contract, will, etc)
Word Origin and History for well-executed
late 14c., "to carry into effect," from Old French executer (14c.), from Medieval Latin executare, from Latin execut-/exsecut-, past participle stem of exequi/exsequi "to follow out" (see execution). Meaning "to inflict capital punishment" is from late 15c. Related: Executed; executing.