- To execute is defined as to carry out, perform or put to death.
- An example of to execute is completing a plan of action.
- An example of to execute is to run a computer program.
- An example of to execute is a prisoner on death row being given a legal injection to end their life.
execute definition by Webster's New World
- to follow out or carry out; do; perform; fulfill: to execute another's orders
- to carry into effect; administer (laws, etc.)
- to put to death as in accordance with a legally imposed sentence
- to create or produce in accordance with an idea, plan, blueprint, etc.: to execute a statue in marble
- to perform (a piece of music, a part in a play, etc.)
- Comput. to perform the operations indicated in (an instruction or program)
- Law to complete or make valid (a deed, contract, etc.) as by signing, sealing, and delivering
Origin: Middle English executen ; from Old French executer, back-formation ; from executeur: see executor
- executable adjective
execute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing, ex·e·cutes
- To put into effect; carry out: a government that executes the decisions of the ruling party.
- To perform; do: execute a U-turn. See Synonyms at perform.
- To create (a work of art, for example) in accordance with a prescribed design.
- To make valid, as by signing: execute a deed.
- To perform or carry out what is required by: execute the terms of a will.
- To put to death, especially by carrying out a lawful sentence.
- Computer Science To run (a program or an instruction).
Origin: Middle English executen, from Old French executer, from Medieval Latin execūtāre, from Latin execūtor, executor, from execūtus, past participle of exequī, exsequī, to pursue, carry out : ex-, ex- + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
- exˈe·cutˌa·ble adjective
- exˈe·cutˌer noun
execute - Computer Definition
execute - Legal Definition