electrocute

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verb elec·tro·cute \i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt\

Definition of electrocute

electrocuted

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electrocuting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to execute (a criminal) by electricity

  3. 2 :  to kill by electric shock

electrocution

play \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈkyü-shən\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of electrocute

electr- + -cute (as in execute)


ELECTROCUTE Defined for English Language Learners

electrocute

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verb

Definition of electrocute for English Language Learners

  • : to kill (a person or animal) by electric shock


ELECTROCUTE Defined for Kids

electrocute

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verb elec·tro·cute \i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt\

Definition of electrocute for Students

electrocuted

;

electrocuting

  1. :  to kill by an electric shock

electrocution

\-ˌlek-trə-ˈkyü-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

electrocute

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transitive verb elec·tro·cute \i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt\

Medical Definition of electrocute

electrocuted

;

electrocuting

  1. 1:  to execute (a criminal) by electricity

  2. 2:  to kill by a shock of electricity

electrocution

\-ˌlek-trə-ˈkyü-shən\play noun

Law Dictionary

electrocute

transitive verb elec·tro·cute

Legal Definition of electrocute

electrocuted

electrocuting

  1. :  to execute (a convicted criminal) by electricity

electrocution

noun

Origin and Etymology of electrocute

electro-, combining form meaning “electric” + execute



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