- 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
Synonyms for execute
Examples from the Web for well-executed
Contemporary Examples of well-executed
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like.‘The Good Wife’ Perfects the ‘OMG’ Television Moment
March 24, 2014
“This was serious, well-planned, well-executed,” Quigley said.Victims of the Libyan Consulate Attack
September 13, 2012
But these stories are more than well-executed variations on a theme.Must Read Fiction: ‘Prague Fatale,’ ‘Derby Day’ and More
Malcolm Forbes, Hillary Kelly, Mythili Rao
May 9, 2012
The bin Laden mission hit all the military musts: quick, well-executed, no casualties.The 13 Ballsiest Commando Raids
The Daily Beast
May 12, 2011
Jonathan is a master when it comes to simple, well-executed, seasonal fare, and that talent is reflected in Barbuto.Fresh Picks
September 29, 2009
Historical Examples of well-executed
It was certainly a daring and well-executed plan on the part of the President.The Dreadnought of the Air
Percy F. Westerman
People have said that it is not a real stone, but a well-executed imitation.The Woman in the Alcove
Anna Katharine Green
Sniveller, who had been taught the geography of the mansion from a well-executed plan, proceeded to the same door inside.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
Immediately she despatched to his lordship a messenger, conveying him from the house by a well-executed sally.
In the centre, above the entablature, is a group of well-executed winged figures, and beneath is a sculptured pelican.Old and New London
- 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 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.