execute

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. execrative,
  2. execratory,
  3. executable,
  4. executant,
  5. executary,
  6. execution,
  7. executioner,
  8. executive,
  9. executive agreement,
  10. executive branch

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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British Dictionary definitions for execute

execute

/ (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsexecuter, noun

Word Origin for execute

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

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Word Origin and History for execute

execute

v.

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.

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