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execute

[ek-si-kyoot] /ˈɛk sɪˌkyut/
verb (used with object), executed, executing.
1.
to carry out; accomplish:
to execute a plan or order.
2.
to perform or do:
to execute a maneuver; to execute a gymnastic feat.
3.
to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.
4.
to murder; assassinate.
5.
to produce in accordance with a plan or design:
a painting executed by an unknown artist.
6.
to perform or play (a piece of music).
7.
Law.
  1. to give effect or force to (a law, decree, judicial sentence, etc.).
  2. to carry out the terms of (a will).
  3. to transact or carry through (a contract, mortgage, etc.) in the manner prescribed by law; complete and give validity to (a legal instrument) by fulfilling the legal requirements, as by signing or sealing.
8.
Computers. to run (a program or routine) or to carry out (an instruction in a program).
verb (used without object), executed, executing.
9.
to perform or accomplish something, as an assigned task.
10.
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English executen < Old French executer < Medieval Latin execūtāre, derivative of Latin execūtus, past participle of ex(s)equī to follow up, carry out (punishment), execute; see ex-1, sequence
Related forms
executable, adjective
executer, noun
nonexecutable, adjective
outexecute, verb (used with object), outexecuted, outexecuting.
preexecute, verb (used with object), preexecuted, preexecuting.
reexecute, verb (used with object), reexecuted, reexecuting.
unexecutable, adjective
unexecuted, adjective
unexecuting, adjective
well-executed, adjective
Synonyms
1. achieve, complete, finish, consummate. 7a. enforce, administer.
Synonym Study
2. See perform. 3. See kill1.
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  • They enforce and corroborate the principles of moral order by publishing its decisions and executing its sanctions.
  • My comment dealt with executing a proper research study.
  • Board members often blur the line between setting policy and executing it.
  • The machine still isn't particularly good at executing orders on his own.
  • Dark pools avoid this by executing the entire trade at a fixed price.
  • And there is widespread public support for the principle of executing egregious criminals.
  • Some of these, such as executing trades for clients in return for a commission, used to have no risk at all.
  • The work of board members and other senior management does not involve executing tasks sitting at a desk.
  • You're executing your right of free speech, but this is unethical and not responsible.
  • Only the gunman bears responsibility for executing his grisly deeds.
British Dictionary definitions for executing

execute

/ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put (a condemned person) to death; inflict capital punishment upon
2.
to carry out; complete; perform; do: to execute an order
3.
to perform; accomplish; effect: to execute a pirouette
4.
to make or produce: to execute a drawing
5.
to carry into effect (a judicial sentence, the law, etc); enforce
6.
(law) to comply with legal formalities in order to render (a deed, etc) effective, as by signing, sealing, and delivering
7.
to sign (a will) in the presence of witnesses and in accordance with other legal formalities
8.
to carry out the terms of (a contract, will, etc)
Derived Forms
executer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French executer, back formation from executeurexecutor
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Word Origin and History for executing

execute

v.

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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