Definition of execute
- execute a command
- execute a decree
- execute a deed
- execute a piece of music
- never had a team execute better
- —Bobby Knight
He was captured, tried, and executed for murder.
They carefully executed the plan.
The pilot executed an emergency landing.
The quarterback executed the play perfectly.
execute the provisions of the will
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to kill (someone) especially as punishment for a crime
: to do (something that you have planned to do or been told to do)
: to do or perform (an action or movement that requires skill)
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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