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.
- executive agreement,
- executive branch
Origin of execute
Examples from the Web for execute
The tour ended up costing us $147,802 to produce and execute.
Around noon, the order was given to execute the mission the next day.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was the first time that I showed Lorne and Seth and everyone at the show that I could handle the pressure and execute.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They planned to take Indian diplomats hostage and then execute them as Modi was took office.Nuclear Pakistan's Spies Target India—and Their Own Prime Minister|Bruce Riedel|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Sunnis execute prisoners en masse, their messages expressed in high body counts.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nearly thirty of them volunteered their services to execute the order.Darius the Great|Jacob Abbott
It was his province to make the laws, as well as execute them.Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
However, whether mad or simple, I have no idea of attempting to execute any of them at present.With the Allies to Pekin|George Alfred Henty
The arbitration of bishops had the force of positive law, and judges were instructed to execute the episcopal decrees.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
"Then," returned Mr. Lincoln, "I will pardon him," and he proceeded forthwith to execute the paper.Abraham Lincoln|William Eleroy Curtis
Word Origin for execute
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.