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Definitions of execute

  1. To perform any act. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stimulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Too put to death illegally; to kill. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To perform, as a piece of music, either on an instrument or with the voice; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To carry into effect; as, to execute a purpose or plan; pursue to the end; make valid or legal by signing or sealing; as, to execute a deed or lease; to put to death under sentence of the law; to perform, as a musical selection. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To carry into effect; complete; put to death by law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To effect; accomplish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To put to death according to legal sentence. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To perform musically. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. bring to execution; "carry out a task"; "carry out the surgery" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. socially sanctioned killing as a means of punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. murder execution-style Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. extend beyond reasonable limits; "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. sign in the presence of witnesses; "The President executed the treaty" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. murder execution-style; "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. To accomplish something. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To perform; to carry into effect; to indict; to inflict capital punishment on; to complete, as a legal instrument, or perform what is required to give validity to a writing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To carry into complete effect; to perform; to inflict; to put to death by form of law; to complete. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. EXECUTER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

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Usage examples for execute

  1. Let it adopt measures; let it but speak; I am ready to execute – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
  2. The desire and the will to plan, to choose and to perform are ours, but for the power to execute we are dependent upon a Higher Source. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
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