[ek-si-kyoot] /ˈɛk sɪˌkyut/

verb (used with object), executed, executing.
to carry out; accomplish:
to execute a plan or order.
to perform or do:
to execute a maneuver; to execute a gymnastic feat.
to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.
to murder; assassinate.
to produce in accordance with a plan or design:
a painting executed by an unknown artist.
to perform or play (a piece of music).

Computers. to run (a program or routine) or to carry out (an instruction in a program).
verb (used without object), executed, executing.
to perform or accomplish something, as an assigned task.
Sports. to perform properly the fundamental moves or mechanics of a sport, game, position, or particular play; show smoothness in necessary skills:
We just didn’t execute defensively.
verb (transitive)
to put (a condemned person) to death; inflict capital punishment upon
to carry out; complete; perform; do: to execute an order
to perform; accomplish; effect: to execute a pirouette
to make or produce: to execute a drawing
to carry into effect (a judicial sentence, the law, etc); enforce
(law) to comply with legal formalities in order to render (a deed, etc) effective, as by signing, sealing, and delivering
to sign (a will) in the presence of witnesses and in accordance with other legal formalities
to carry out the terms of (a contract, will, etc)

late 14c., “to carry into effect,” from Old French executer (14c.), from Medieval Latin executare, from Latin execut-/exsecut-, past participle stem of exequi/exsequi “to follow out” (see execution). Meaning “to inflict capital punishment” is from late 15c. Related: Executed; executing.


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