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execute

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1 to carry out effectively

  • the agency charged with executing the nationʼs drug laws
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2 to carry through (as a process) to completion

  • when you execute this dance step, try to keep your arms a little higher
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go through

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3 to put to death deliberately

  • during the war those convicted of desertion were summarily executed
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do away with

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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

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