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Meaning & Definition of Execute in English

English

Execute

/ɛksəkjut/

verb

1. Kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

  • "In some states, criminals are executed"
    synonym:
  • execute
  • ,
  • put to death

2. Murder in a planned fashion

  • "The mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
    synonym:
  • execute

3. Put in effect

  • "Carry out a task"
  • "Execute the decision of the people"
  • "He actioned the operation"
    synonym:
  • carry through
  • ,
  • accomplish
  • ,
  • execute
  • ,
  • carry out
  • ,
  • action
  • ,
  • fulfill
  • ,
  • fulfil

4. Carry out the legalities of

  • "Execute a will or a deed"
    synonym:
  • execute

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • run
  • ,
  • execute

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • perform
  • ,
  • execute
  • ,
  • do

7. Sign in the presence of witnesses

  • "The president executed the treaty"
    synonym:
  • execute

Examples of using

We must execute his orders.
To execute a plan was simple.