Definition of Execute

1. Verb. Kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment. "They want to execute the prisoners "; "In some states, criminals are executed"

Exact synonyms: Put To Death
Generic synonyms: Kill, Penalise, Penalize, Punish
Specialized synonyms: Crucify, Burn, Hang, String Up
Derivative terms: Executing, Execution

2. Verb. Murder in a planned fashion. "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
Generic synonyms: Bump Off, Dispatch, Hit, Murder, Off, Polish Off, Remove, Slay
Related verbs: Put To Death
Derivative terms: Execution

3. Verb. Put in effect. "He actioned the operation"

4. Verb. Carry out the legalities of. "Execute a will or a deed"
Generic synonyms: Apply, Enforce, Implement
Specialized synonyms: Give
Derivative terms: Execution, Executive, Executor

5. Verb. Carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine. "The computer executed the instruction"
Exact synonyms: Run
Related verbs: Play, Run
Generic synonyms: Apply, Enforce, Implement
Specialized synonyms: Step
Derivative terms: Executive

6. Verb. Carry out or perform an action. "She did a little dance"

7. Verb. Sign in the presence of witnesses. "The President executed the treaty"
Generic synonyms: Sign

Definition of Execute

1. v. t. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform.

2. v. i. To do one's work; to act one's part or purpose.

Definition of Execute

1. Verb. (transitive) To kill as punishment for capital crimes. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To carry out; to put into effect. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To begin putting into effect. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive computing) To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program. ¹

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Definition of Execute

1. to carry out [v -CUTED, -CUTING, -CUTES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Execute

executable code
execute (current term)
execute order
execute orders
execution of instrument
execution sale
execution speed
execution style
executional peak

Literary usage of Execute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"This Court cannot execute a mere power (6); but will execute a trust, ... Power, which by the Will the party is required to execute as a duty. ..."

2. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1866)
"Who may execute. Every person capable of disposing of an estate actually vested in ... The rule goes farther, and even allows an infant to execute a power ..."

3. Reflections on the Revolution in France: And on the Proceedings in Certain by Edmund Burke (1790)
"To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive ..."

4. Forms of Judgments and Orders in the High Court of Justice and Court of by Cecil Clare Marston Dale, W. Tindal King, W. O. Goldschmidt, Sir Henry Wilmot Seton, Great Britain Court of Appeal (1901)
"2206] ; "And Let the Deft execute a lease of the premises comprised in the said agreement for ... Pit to execute counterpart.—Deft to pay costs of action. ..."

5. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of by Robert M. Hartley, American Bible Society, Wightman family (1875)
"6 Let the high praises of God tie in their mouth, and a two- edged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"They cannot justify on the mandate of the President; because he is controlled by law, and has his appropriate sphere of duty, which is to execute, ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"... and as the plaintiff failed therein to allege that the plaintiff was required to execute the deed before receiving any part of the money left with him, ..."

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