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execute

[ ek-si-kyoot ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkyut /
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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.

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Origin of execute

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

synonym study for execute

2. See perform. 3. See kill1.

OTHER WORDS FROM execute

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH execute

kill1, execute , murder (see synonym study at kill1)
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British Dictionary definitions for execute

execute
/ (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of execute

executer, noun

Word Origin for execute

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