execute

verb
ex·​e·​cute | \ ˈek-si-ˌkyüt How to pronounce execute (audio) \
executed; executing

Definition of execute

transitive verb

1 : to carry out fully : put completely into effect execute a command
2 : to do what is provided or required by execute a decree
3 : to put to death especially in compliance with a legal sentence
4 : to make or produce (something, such as a work of art) especially by carrying out a design
5 : to perform what is required to give validity to execute a deed
6 : play execute a piece of music

intransitive verb

1 : to perform properly or skillfully the fundamentals of a sport or of a particular play never had a team execute better— Bobby Knight
2 : to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions used of a computer program or routine

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Other Words from execute

executable \ ˈek-​si-​ˌkyü-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce executable (audio) \ adjective

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kill, slay, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute mean to deprive of life. kill merely states the fact of death caused by an agency in any manner. killed in an accident frost killed the plants slay is a chiefly literary term implying deliberateness and violence but not necessarily motive. slew thousands of the Philistines murder specifically implies stealth and motive and premeditation and therefore full moral responsibility. convicted of murdering a rival assassinate applies to deliberate killing openly or secretly often for political motives. terrorists assassinated the Senator dispatch stresses quickness and directness in putting to death. dispatched the sentry with one bullet execute stresses putting to death as a legal penalty. executed by lethal gas

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of execute in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web Nonprofits host fundraising events to do just that: raise funds for the organization to execute its mission. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "How nonprofits are catering to millennials and rethinking the charity gala for younger generations," 7 Sep. 2020 Since the application uses CEF and accepts Chromium command line flags, several flags that can be used to execute arbitrary commands or load arbitrary DLLs exist. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A single text is all it took to unleash code-execution worm in Cisco Jabber," 3 Sep. 2020 To make this range of services possible, Streets partners with people who help execute her vision. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Laurel businesswoman creates celebrity-quality events and baskets of goodies," 2 Sep. 2020 General manager Rick Hahn began to execute a rebuild with the trade of Chris Sale after 2016, and in Year Four the Sox are now contending. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "With the Cubs and White Sox both in first place, 2 veteran reporters flashback to 2008 — the last time Chicago dreamt of a Crosstown World Series," 2 Sep. 2020 Previously, the work of generating tests and selecting which tests to execute was performed manually. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Intel CIO Says AI Playing a Growing Role in Chipmaker’s Operations," 1 Sep. 2020 The younger Cronenberg's new film Possessor concerns a corporate assassin named Tasya Vos (the reliably great Andrea Riseborough from Mandy and The Death of Stalin) who takes control of other people's bodies to execute high profile targets. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Watch the freaky trailer for Brandon Cronenberg's sci-fi thriller Possessor," 1 Sep. 2020 The Heat, who haven’t lost in the playoffs, were able to execute their game plan just a smidgen better. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Butler scores playoff career-high 40 points as Heat lights up Bucks in Game 1," 1 Sep. 2020 Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals was going to come down to who could execute better down the stretch. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat 115, Bucks 104: Jimmy Butler takes over for Miami with 40-point night," 31 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'execute.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of execute

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for execute

Middle English, from Anglo-French executer, from execucion execution

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The first known use of execute was in the 14th century

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Execute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/execute. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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execute

verb
How to pronounce execute (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of execute

: 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)

execute

verb
ex·​e·​cute | \ ˈek-sə-ˌkyüt How to pronounce execute (audio) \
executed; executing

Kids Definition of execute

1 : to kill according to a legal order
2 : to put into effect : perform or carry out execute a plan
3 : to make according to a design The painting was executed in bright colors.
ex·​e·​cute | \ ˈek-si-ˌkyüt How to pronounce execute (audio) \
executed; executing

Legal Definition of execute

1 : perform: as
a : to carry out fully includes not only executed violence, but also threatened violenceLouisiana Civil Code
b : to do what is provided or required by execute a contract execute a search warrant
c : to deem (a use in property) to confer full seisin in a cestui que use by operation of the Statute of Uses
2 : to perform what is required to give validity to especially : to complete (as by signing and delivering) in proper form execute a note execute a deed
3 : to put to death in compliance with a judicial death sentence

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