Simple Definition of execution
: the act of killing someone especially as punishment for a crime
: the act of doing or performing something
Full Definition of execution
2 : a putting to death especially as a legal penalty
3 : the process of enforcing a legal judgment (as against a debtor); also : a judicial writ directing such enforcement
4 : the act or mode or result of performance
5 archaic : effective or destructive action <his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution — Shakespeare> —usually used with do <as soon as day came, we went out to see what execution we had done — Daniel Defoe>
Examples of execution
He is in prison awaiting execution.
The quarterback's execution of the play was perfect.
skillful execution of the dance steps
Origin of execution
Middle English execucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin exsecution-, exsecutio, from exsequi to execute, from ex- + sequi to follow — more at sue
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with execution
absolution, allocution, attribution, comminution, consecution, constitution, contribution, convolution, destitution, dissolution, distribution, elocution, evolution, exsolution, institution, involution, persecution, prosecution, prostitution, resolution, restitution, retribution, revolution, Rosicrucian, substitution
EXECUTION Defined for Kids
Definition of execution
1 : the act of killing someone as a legal penalty
2 : the act of doing or performing something <execution of a plan>
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