Definitions for executionˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•e•cu•tionˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of executing.

  2. the state or fact of being executed.

  3. the infliction of capital punishment or, formerly, of any legal punishment.

  4. the process of enforcing a court judgment.

    Category: Law

  5. a mode or style of performance; technical skill, as in music.

Origin of execution:

1250–1300; ME < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. execution, executing, capital punishment, death penalty(noun)

    putting a condemned person to death

  2. performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action(noun)

    the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

    "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"

  3. execution, instruction execution(noun)

    (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer

  4. execution, execution of instrument(noun)

    (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable

  5. execution, writ of execution(noun)

    a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out

  6. execution, implementation, carrying out(noun)

    the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

    "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy"

  7. murder, slaying, execution(noun)

    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. execution(noun)ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən

    the act or process of killing as punishment

    ***his execution in the electric chair

  2. executionˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən

    the completion of sth

    the execution of the task


  1. execution(Noun)

    The act, manner or style of executing (actions, maneuvers, performances).

  2. execution(Noun)

    The state of being executed (accomplished).

    The battle plan was successfully executed.

  3. execution(Noun)

    The act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated.

  4. execution(Noun)

    The carrying into effect of a court judgment, or of a will.

  5. execution(Noun)

    The formal process by which a contract is made valid and put into binding effect.

  6. execution(Noun)

    The carrying out of an instruction, program or program segment by a computer.

  7. Origin: From execution (c.1360), from executio, an agent noun from exequi, from ex + sequor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Execution(noun)

    the act of executing; a carrying into effect or to completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as, the execution of a plan, a work, etc

  2. Execution(noun)

    a putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer

  3. Execution(noun)

    the act of the mode of performing a work of art, of performing on an instrument, of engraving, etc.; as, the execution of a statue, painting, or piece of music

  4. Execution(noun)

    the carrying into effect the judgment given in a court of law

  5. Execution(noun)

    a judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect; final process

  6. Execution(noun)

    the act of signing, and delivering a legal instrument, or giving it the forms required to render it valid; as, the execution of a deed, or a will

  7. Execution(noun)

    that which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; -- usually with do

  8. Execution(noun)

    the act of sacking a town


  1. Execution

    Execution in computer and software engineering is the process by which a computer or a virtual machine carries out the instructions of a computer program. The instructions in the program trigger sequences of simple actions on the executing machine. Those actions produce effects according to the semantics of the instructions in the program. Programs for a computer may execute in a batch process without human interaction, or a user may type commands in an interactive session of an interpreter. In this case the "commands" are simply programs, whose execution is chained together. The term run is used almost synonymously. A related meaning of both "to run" and "to execute" refers to the specific action of a user starting a program, as in "Please run the ... application."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'execution' in Nouns Frequency: #2104

Translations for execution

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an act of) killing by law

The judge ordered the execution of the murderer.

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