- 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).
- 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
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Examples from the Web for execute
The tour ended up costing us $147,802 to produce and execute.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Around noon, the order was given to execute the mission the next day.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
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
October 31, 2014
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
September 4, 2014
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
I have been selected by you to execute and enforce the laws of the country.
Then he explained the nature of the small commission he wished him to execute.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
His theories were boring to listen to and impossible to execute.My Double Life
And she thereupon asked Gerard how she was to execute this commission.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Then, when our will is evil and we execute it, does God sin in our name?Initiation into Philosophy
- 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)
Word Origin and History 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.