Definitions for executeˈɛk sɪˌkyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•e•cuteˈɛk sɪˌkyut(v.t.)-cut•ed, -cut•ing.

  1. to carry out:

    to execute a plan.

  2. to perform:

    to execute a gymnastic feat.

  3. to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.

  4. to murder; assassinate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. to produce in accordance with a plan or design.

  6. to play (a piece of music).

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. to give force to, as a law.

  8. to carry out the terms of (a will).

  9. to give validity to (a legal instrument) by fulfilling the legal requirements.

  10. to run (a computer program) or process (a command).

    Category: Computers

Origin of execute:

1350–1400; < OF executer < L execūtus, ptp. of ex(s)equī to pursue, carry out


Princeton's WordNet

  1. execute, put to death(verb)

    kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

    "In some states, criminals are executed"

  2. execute(verb)

    murder in a planned fashion

    "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"

  3. carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil(verb)

    put in effect

    "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"

  4. execute(verb)

    carry out the legalities of

    "execute a will or a deed"

  5. run, execute(verb)

    carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

    "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction"

  6. perform, execute, do(verb)

    carry out or perform an action

    "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"

  7. execute(verb)

    sign in the presence of witnesses

    "The President executed the treaty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. execute(verb)ˈɛk sɪˌkyut

    to kill as punishment

    He will be executed at dawn.

  2. executeˈɛk sɪˌkyut

    to do and complete sth

    The skater's moves were executed with style.


  1. execute(Verb)

    To kill as punishment for capital crimes.

    There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.

  2. execute(Verb)

    To carry out; to put into effect.

    Your orders have been executed, Sir!

  3. execute(Verb)

    To begin putting into effect.

    I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.

  4. execute(Verb)

    To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract.

  5. execute(Verb)

    To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program.

  6. Origin: From exsecutus, past participle of exsequor, from ex- + sequor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Execute(verb)

    to follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform

  2. Execute(verb)

    to complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc

  3. Execute(verb)

    to give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stimulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process

  4. Execute(verb)

    to infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor

  5. Execute(verb)

    too put to death illegally; to kill

  6. Execute(verb)

    to perform, as a piece of music, either on an instrument or with the voice; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly

  7. Execute(verb)

    to do one's work; to act one's part of purpose

  8. Execute(verb)

    to perform musically


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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'execute' in Verbs Frequency: #743

Translations for execute

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put to death by order of the law

After the war many traitors were executed.

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