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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Police arrested Nyjulius Johnson, a 24-year-old man from Dorchester, after executing a search warrant for him in the area of 70 Lyndhurst St., police said in a statement Sunday. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police arrested a Dorchester man after finding a loaded gun and evidence of illegal drug-selling while executing a search warrant in Dorchester on Friday morning, officials said.," 16 Sep. 2019 Still, records of facilities that have faced fines and other sanctions from the state show that planning and executing a loved one's funeral and burial carries potential pitfalls. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 The California native is charged with curating the menu in a whole new direction, as well as executing the restaurant’s vision of sustainability and relationships with local farms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley," 12 Sep. 2019 Berry said authorities had also seized a gun and cash after executing search warrants around Auckland. Washington Post, "New Zealand officials find half ton of meth hidden in motors," 6 Sep. 2019 The woman made small talk with officers on the driveway and was allowed back in when officers finished executing the search warrant. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-Raider among 12 facing charges in smartphone robbery ring," 5 Sep. 2019 McGrew was arrested after deputies executed a search warrant on him in Knollwood Apartments. Levi Edwards | Ledwards@al.com, al, "Second arrest made in possibly drug-related Mobile homicide," 29 Aug. 2019 Police found evidence of her DNA in a burn pit in Ayaji’s backyard while executing a search warrant on his home in the days leading up to his arrest. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Suspect in Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's death is charged in a second case," 20 Aug. 2019 When executing a search warrant at Reardon’s home early Saturday, authorities confiscated two AR-15s, a .40-caliber anti-tank gun, a rifle with a bayonet and knives, according to WFMJ. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Youngstown-area man arrested, charged with threatening Jewish community center online," 18 Aug. 2019

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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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execute

verb

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.

execute

transitive verb
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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