[ ek-si-kyoot ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkyut /

verb (used with object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.

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

1350–1400; Middle English executen < Old French executer < Medieval Latin execūtāre, derivative of Latin execūtus, past participle of ex(s)equī to follow up, carry out (punishment), execute; see ex-1, sequence


Related forms

Synonym study

2. See perform. 3. See kill1.
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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) /

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

executer, noun

Word Origin for execute

C14: from Old French executer, back formation from executeur executor
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