verb (used with object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
Origin of execute
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
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Word Origin for execute
Word Origin and History for executable
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.