What does execute mean?

Definitions for execute
ˈɛk sɪˌkyutex·e·cute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. execute, put to deathverb

    kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

    "In some states, criminals are executed"

  2. executeverb

    murder in a planned fashion

    "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"

  3. carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfilverb

    put in effect

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

  4. executeverb

    carry out the legalities of

    "execute a will or a deed"

  5. run, executeverb

    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, doverb

    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. executeverb

    sign in the presence of witnesses

    "The President executed the treaty"


  1. executeverb

    To kill as punishment for capital crimes.

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

  2. executeverb

    To carry out; to put into effect.

    Your orders have been executed, Sir!

  3. executeverb

    To begin putting into effect.

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

  4. executeverb

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

  5. executeverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXECUTEverb

    Etymology: exequor, Latin.

    Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. Ex.

    He casts into the balance the promise of a reward to such as should execute, and of punishment to such as should neglect their commission. Robert South, Sermons.

    Men may not devise laws, but are bound for ever to use and execute those which God hath delivered. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 7.

    The government here is so regularly disposed, that it almost executes itself. Jonathan Swift.

    Absalom pronounced sentence of death against his brother, and had it executed too. John Locke.

    Sir William Bremingham was executed for treason. Davies.

    Fitzosborn was executed under him, or discarded into foreign service for a pretty shadow of exilement. Edmund Spenser.

    O Tyburn, cou’dst thou reason and dispute,
    Cou’dst thou but judge as well as execute,
    How often wou’dst thou change the felon’s doom,
    And truss some stern chief justice in his room. Dryden.

    The treacherous Fastolfe wounds my peace,
    Whom with my bare fists I would execute,
    If I now had him. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.


  1. Execute

    Execute, in capital punishment, is to put someone to death.


  1. execute

    To execute means to carry out, perform, or accomplish a particular task, plan, or command. It can also refer to the act of putting a legal judgment or a law into effect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Executeverb

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

  2. Executeverb

    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. Executeverb

    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. Executeverb

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

  5. Executeverb

    too put to death illegally; to kill

  6. Executeverb

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

  7. Executeverb

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

  8. Executeverb

    to perform musically


  1. Execute

    Execute is the debut album of So Solid Crew members, Oxide & Neutrino. It includes the Casualty sampling number 1 single "Bound 4 Da Reload" and the Prodigy cover "No Good 4 Me". "Devil's Nightmare" was also featured on the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider soundtrack. U.K Chart #11 U.K sales: 300,000+ BPI: Platinum

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Execute

    eks′e-kūt, v.t. to perform: to give effect to: to carry into effect the sentence of the law: to put to death by law.—adj. Exec′utable, that can be executed.—ns. Exec′utant, one who executes or performs; Ex′ecuter; Execū′tion, act of executing or performing: accomplishment: completion: carrying into effect the sentence of a court of law: the warrant for so doing: the infliction of capital punishment; Execū′tioner, one who executes, esp. one who inflicts capital punishment.—adj. Exec′utive, designed or fitted to execute: active: qualifying for or pertaining to the execution of the law.—n. the power or authority in government that carries the laws into effect: the persons who administer the government.—adv. Exec′utively.—n. Exec′utor, one who executes or performs: the person appointed to see a will carried into effect:—fem. Exec′utress, Exec′utrix.—adj. Executō′rial.—n. Exec′utorship.—adj. Exec′utory, executing official duties: designed to be carried into effect. [Fr. exécuter—L. exsequi, exsecutusex, out, sequi, to follow.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of execute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of execute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of execute in a Sentence

  1. Phil Mickelson:

    They’re scary … to get involved with, we know they killed [ Washington Post columnistJamal ] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it ? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.

  2. Tim Miller:

    Jeb Bush is one of just a few candidates -- possibly the only candidate -- with multiple paths through the February states and the resources and ground game to execute in them, in addition to the durability to play aggressively inMarch, we already have the biggest ground organization in New Hampshire, where we are leading our lane, and we are about to send more resources there to grow voter contact and persuasion. This comes in addition to what we believe are the best teams in Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada.

  3. Pak Yong Chol:

    It is very normal for any country to go after hostile elements and punish them and execute them.

  4. Michael Zarin:

    However, the business reality is this only provides a two-week long window to receive and execute orders, this is challenging for our customers, our U.S. manufacturing facilities, and dedicated employees.

  5. Pete Hardin:

    Homicides are at a 22-year high in Orange County, and it’s no wonder as Todd Spitzer is spending all his time talking about another county, since he became DA our community has experienced a wave of violence not seen since the 1990s. From facing at least five sexual harassment lawsuits to being kicked off a sexual assault case for mistreating survivors, and making racist remarks while considering whether California should execute a Black man, Todd is evidently too distracted covering up his misdeeds, retaliating against victims and protecting his friends to do his job.

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