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).
to give effect or force to (a law, decree, judicial sentence, etc.).
to carry out the terms of (a will).
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.
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.

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

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

1. achieve, complete, finish, consummate. 7a. enforce, administer.

2. See perform. 3. See kill1.
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execute (ˈɛksɪˌkjuːt)
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)
[C14: from Old French executer, back formation from executeurexecutor]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "to carry into effect," from Fr. executer, from M.L. executare, from L. execut-/exsecut-, pp. 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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