Definition of execution in English:

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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.
implementation, carrying out, accomplishment, performance, effecting, bringing off, bringing about, achievement, carrying off, carrying through, completion, enactment, enforcement, discharge, prosecution, engineering, attainment, realization, fulfilment;
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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