[ ek-si-kyoot ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkyut /
verb (used with object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
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).
verb (used without object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
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
ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveex·e·cut·er, nounnon·ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveout·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), out·ex·e·cut·ed, out·ex·e·cut·ing.
pre·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), pre·ex·e·cut·ed, pre·ex·e·cut·ing.re·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), re·ex·e·cut·ed, re·ex·e·cut·ing.un·ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·e·cut·ed, adjectiveun·ex·e·cut·ing, adjectivewell-ex·e·cut·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for executable
O, what truths profound and executable only in ages and orbs, are supposed in the announcement of every truth!Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for executable (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːtəbəl) /
(of a computer program) able to be run
a file containing a program that will run as soon as it is opened
British Dictionary definitions for executable (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt) /
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)
Derived Formsexecuter, noun
Word Origin for execute
C14: from Old French executer, back formation from executeur executor
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