- 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.
To execute is defined as to carry out, perform or put to death.
transitive verb-·cut·ed, -·cut·ing
- 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 of executeMiddle English executen from Old French executer, back-formation from executeur: see executor
Comput. to run an instruction or program
transitive verbex·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.
- Computers To run (a program or instruction).
Origin of executeMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present executes, present participle executing, simple past and past participle executed)
- To kill as punishment for capital crimes.
- There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
- To carry out; to put into effect.
- Your orders have been executed, sir!
- I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.
- To perform.
- to execute a difficult piece of music brilliantly
- to execute a turn in ballet
- To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract.
- (computing) To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program.
execute - Computer Definition
execute - Legal Definition
To sign a contract, will, or other legal document; to carry out a duty; to recover funds under a judgment; to put a criminal defendant to death.