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execute

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of execute

  1. 1 to carry out effectively the agency charged with executing the nation's drug laws Synonyms of execute administer, apply, enforce, implementWords Related to execute bring about, effect, effectuate; discharge, fulfill (or fulfil), render; cite, invoke; enact, legislate; honor, observe, uphold; prosecute; promulgateNear Antonyms of execute disregard, ignore, neglect

  2. 2 to carry through (as a process) to completion when you execute this dance step, try to keep your arms a little higher Synonyms of execute accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry off, carry out, commit, compass, do, perform, follow through (with), fulfill (or fulfil), make, negotiate, perpetrate, prosecute, pull off, put throughWords Related to execute bring about, effect, effectuate, implement; ace, nail; engage (in), practice (also practise); work (at); reduplicate, reenact, repeat; actualize, attain, realize; complete, end, finish, wind upNear Antonyms of execute fail; skimp, slight, slur

  3. 3 to put to death deliberately during the war those convicted of desertion were summarily executed Synonyms of execute assassinate, bump off, croak [slang], dispatch, do in, murder, get, ice [slang], knock off, liquidate, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, slay, snuff, take out, terminate, whack [slang]Words Related to execute blow away, shoot, shoot down; blot out, carry off, claim, cut down, destroy, fell, kill, smite, zap; butcher, massacre, mow (down), slaughter; annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, exterminate, wipe outNear Antonyms of execute animate, raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive

Synonym Discussion of execute

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

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