Definition of execution in English:


Line breaks: exe|cu¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The carrying out of a plan, order, or course of action: he was fascinated by the entire operation and its execution
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    • Centralize planning and decentralize execution of the operation.
    • Successful implementation and execution of a security plan requires a buy-in by all employees, Hyland says.
    • Rather, the exercise emphasis is on the staff planning process, orders production, reporting, and execution of the plan.
  • 1.1The technique or style with which an artistic work is produced or carried out: the film is entirely professional in its execution
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    • There is less dimension or individual color and style, execution and technique.
    • As it stands, I recognize its technical prowess and professional execution, but this is something aimed squarely at the choir.
    • The exhibits also reminded me of Te Papa in style and execution: another excellent day out, half a world away.
    performance, presentation, rendition, rendering, staging; delivery, technique, style
  • 1.2 Law The putting into effect of a legal instrument or order: obligation to pay the deposit before the execution of the lease
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    • At some point, I take it, the dates specified at about line 22 or 23 on 894 were completed before execution of the relevant instruments?
    • If the hirer were to give a specific order he would be responsible for harm resulting from negligent execution of the order, but he would be liable as a principal, not vicariously.
    • The power of this Court to grant orders staying execution of judgments pending applications for special leave to appeal is undoubted.
  • 1.3 Law Seizure of the property or person of a debtor in default of payment: [count noun]: sixty-seven executions were ordered against goods
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    • However, once the sale occurs the debtor/mortgagor no longer has any interest in the property and any subsequent execution cannot attach to that which the debtor does not own.
    • Secondly, a bill of sale is ineffective to cover property acquired by the debtor after its execution as it must specifically list the property covered.
    • Under Texas law, Individual Retirement Accounts are exempt from attachment, execution and seizure for the satisfaction of debt.
  • 1.4 Computing The performance of an instruction or program.
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    • Some parameters can be changed during the execution of the program, i.e., the number of threads forked in a parallel region.
    • This will let you watch the execution of a program to determine any gaps, and is especially useful if used in conjunction with a debug flag.
    • When examined closely, we see that a software failure is a deviation of the execution of a program from its intended behavior.
  • 2The carrying out of a sentence of death on a condemned person: the execution of juveniles is prohibited by international law [count noun]: there were mass arrests and executions
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    • Although there is a trend towards prohibition, twenty of the thirty-eight states that have a death penalty still permit execution of the mentally retarded.
    • When Capote met Perry Smith - convicted to execution and on death row - he was immediately captivated by him and his discernible sensitivity.
    • She is at risk of imminent execution after her death sentence for adultery was upheld by the Supreme Court.
    capital punishment, the death penalty, being put to death, killing; the gibbet, the gallows, the noose, the rope, the scaffold, the guillotine, the firing squad; North American the (electric) chair
    informal the drop
    North American informal necktie party
    historical noyade
  • 2.1The killing of someone as a political act: they were held captive for two days and threatened with execution
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    • US-led forces raided parts of a town yesterday searching for hostages threatened with execution by rebels.
    • The newspaper quoted unidentified soldiers as saying the captive had been threatened with execution and was later dumped from the back of a moving vehicle.
    • The only good news emerging is the release of the three Japanese hostages who were threatened with execution for more than a week.

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