[ ek-si-kyoot ]
/ ˈɛk sɪˌkyut /
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verb (used with object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
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 carry out (an instruction in a program).
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR execute
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Origin of execute
OTHER WORDS FROM execute
ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveex·e·cut·er, nounnon·ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveout·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), out·ex·e·cut·ed, out·ex·e·cut·ing.
pre·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), pre·ex·e·cut·ed, pre·ex·e·cut·ing.re·ex·e·cute, verb (used with object), re·ex·e·cut·ed, re·ex·e·cut·ing.un·ex·e·cut·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·e·cut·ing, adjective
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How to use execute in a sentence
While thus discoursing, this wild executer of the laws had unfettered the prisoner.
She was the instigator and the executer of the crime against Naboth.The Expositor's Bible|F. W. Farrar
It was, however, well understood at Athens that the planner and executer of the deed was Demosthenes.Vacation days in Greece|Rufus B. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for execute
/ (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt) /
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)
Derived forms of executeexecuter, noun
Word Origin for execute
C14: from Old French executer, back formation from executeur executor
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