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be put to death

Definition of be put to death

  1. :  to be killed at a scheduled time by someone who is legally allowed to do so <a serial killer who was put to death for the murder of 28 people> <The dog that attacked the children was later put to death.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

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  1. :  a permanent cessation of all vital functions :  the end of life — compare brain death

    :  an instance of dying

    :  the cause or occasion of loss of life


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