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 executed
Yet the email references the 1970s, “when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.”
The families had gathered that Sunday to remember Ali Bazzal, a soldier whom the Nusra Front declared they had executed on Dec. 6.
Last week, Robert Wayne Holsey of Georgia and Paul Goodwin of Missouri were executed within just a few hours of each other.
Despite Atkins, people with IQs lower than 70 have since been executed.
The way it was executed was maybe not satisfying to people, and it was in no way tied up in a bow.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has been tried as a spy, condemned as a spy, and shall be executed as a spy, and the flag is ordered to depart immediately.Elsie and Her Loved Ones|Martha Finley
Sombreuil was tried and executed at Vannes, and over 700 were shot in batches on successive days in a field near Auray.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
The prudence of Stilicho conceived and executed, without delay, the most effectual measure for the relief of the Roman people.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Soon after this, he heard that his friend had been condemned and executed.
William Burke was hanged in Galway, and forty-five persons were executed.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
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.