[ ih-lek-truh-kyoot ]
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verb (used with object),e·lec·tro·cut·ed, e·lec·tro·cut·ing.
  1. to kill by electricity.

  2. to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.

  1. to pass an electric current through; shock: The toaster burned my toast and then electrocuted me when I tried to unplug it.

Origin of electrocute

An Americanism first recorded in 1885–90; electro- + (exe)cute

Other words from electrocute

  • e·lec·tro·cu·tion [ih-lek-truh-kyoo-shuhn], /ɪˌlɛk trəˈkyu ʃən/, noun

Words Nearby electrocute

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How to use electrocute in a sentence

  • "Thar's a cayuse in thar thet I'd plumb like ter electrocute," said Bud, who was mad clear through.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car | Edward C. Taylor
  • We electrocute the Italian and print pictures of the wheat speculator in our magazines as an example of Success.

    The Root of Evil | Thomas Dixon
  • And if you make any sudden moves you are liable to break a phone, electrocute yourself or choke to death.

    Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • The man in the control room had frustrated the attempt to electrocute us.

    Spacewrecked on Venus | Neil R. Jones

British Dictionary definitions for electrocute


/ (ɪˈlɛktrəˌkjuːt) /

  1. to kill as a result of an electric shock

  2. US to execute in the electric chair

Origin of electrocute

C19: from electro- + (exe)cute

Derived forms of electrocute

  • electrocution, noun

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