electrocute

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verb elec·tro·cute \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌkyüt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of electrocute

electrocuted; electrocuting
transitive verb
1 :to kill or severely injure by electric shock
  • Because of flawed electrical work by contractors, the bulletin stated, soldiers at U.S. bases in Iraq had received severe electrical shocks, and some had even been electrocuted.
  • —James Risen
  • But if a power outage occurs, the PV [photovoltaic] system has to shut down or it could electrocute utility workers who think they're working on dead lines.
  • Popular Science
  • He was working on Pier 38 on the West Side of Manhattan when he was accidently electrocuted by a high-voltage wire. He suffered second- and third-degree burns and had to undergo painful skin grafts.
  • —Robert I. Friedman
2 :to execute (a criminal) by electricity
  • Two of the big fish, Emanuel (Mendy) Weiss and Louis Capone, ultimately were convicted and electrocuted with the boss himself …
  • —Scott Christianson

electrocution

play \i-ˌlek-trə-ˈkyü-shən\ noun
    • Last year, we spent our vacation in a rustic cabin in Burgundy, where we … risked electrocution every time we recharged our laptop using the cabin's rustic, non-grounded electrical outlets.
    • —Laura Colby
    • In 1982, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection or electrocution.
    • —Lola Ogunnaike

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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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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
: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 :to execute (a criminal) by electricity
2 :to kill by a shock of electricity

electrocution

play \-ˌlek-trə-ˈkyü-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

electrocute

transitive verb elec·tro·cute

legal Definition of electrocute

electrocuted; electrocuting
:to execute (a convicted criminal) by electricity

electrocution

noun

Origin and Etymology of electrocute

electro-, combining form meaning “electric” + execute



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