Definition of execute in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeksəˌkyo͞ot/


[with object]
1Carry out or put into effect (a plan, order, or course of action): the corporation executed a series of financial deals
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  • Parsons has also demonstrated vision and can effectively communicate and execute strategic plans.
  • Their orders: to start executing the plan the day the deal closes.
  • Corporate PR pros helped plan and execute the strategy.
carry out, accomplish, bring off/about, achieve, complete, engineer, conduct
informal pull off
formal effectuate
1.1Produce (a work of art): not only does she execute embroideries, she designs them, too
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  • This work was executed by painting the canvas the texture of wood, so that the figure seems like a sculpture.
  • The work is flawlessly executed and represents one of the finest examples of the metalsmith's art.
  • Associations aside, the works are deftly executed, marvelously obsessive gems.
1.2Perform (an activity or maneuver requiring care or skill): they had to execute their dance steps with the greatest precision
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  • He drove a very strong race pushing hard throughout and perfectly executing an overtaking manoeuvre over Michael that turned out to be decisive for us to finish third.
  • Occasionally, executing a standard manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would need to reinstall the engine.
  • This third try was symptomatic of a day of off-load practice for Bradford as they were given maximum time and space to execute their manoeuvres.
perform, present, render;
1.3 Law Make (a legal instrument) valid by signing or sealing it.
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  • No new beneficial interest is created in favour of the appellant or anybody else, and the property remains subject to the same trusts as it did before the instrument was executed.
  • So the rights, whatever they were, were created, at least according to the language of the documents, a week before the dutiable instrument was executed.
  • Once a security instrument is executed, says GMAC, it attaches immediately to all assets covered by that instrument.
1.4 Law Carry out (a judicial sentence, the terms of a will, or other order): police executed a search warrant
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  • On March 23 the police executed a search warrant at a warehouse and made further seizures.
  • The death penalty being spoken of for both is a barbaric obscenity that achieves nothing - except diminish everyone involved in executing the sentence.
  • A dozen men armed with clubs set upon a corporal in the colonial militia when he tried to execute a sentence on a man delinquent in his duty.
1.5 Computing Carry out an instruction or program.
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  • It executes program instructions, writes and reads information to or from memory, and accesses peripheral devices such as serial ports and disk controllers.
  • Privilege Level means that the program can execute all CPU instructions.
  • With Code Morphing, the translation process can be optimized by looking at the generated code and minimizing the number of instructions executed.
2Carry out a sentence of death on (a legally condemned person): he was convicted of treason and executed
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  • Despite the proliferation of the death penalty for many new offences, less than half the people condemned to death were executed.
  • If the case against them holds up, they are likely to become the next cause célèbre in the national debate over executing people who are sentenced to death while juveniles.
  • Six hundred years to the day since he was executed for high treason, descendants of Archbishop Richard Scrope arrived from across the globe for a service at the city's cathedral to commemorate his life.
put to death, kill;
hang, behead, guillotine, electrocute, send to the (electric) chair, shoot, put before a firing squad
informal string up, fry
2.1Kill (someone) as a political act.
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  • It is unclear how many of the seven soldiers were executed, rather than killed in fighting, as the authorities contend.
  • The administration is trying to frame a guilty man and lead a lynch mob to execute him.
  • Party members routinely lynch and execute their opponents without trial.


Late Middle English: from Old French executer, from medieval Latin executare, from Latin exsequi 'follow up, carry out, punish', from ex- 'out' + sequi 'follow'.

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Syllabification: ex·e·cute

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