- 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.
- 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 exec&umacron;tare, from Latin exec&umacron;tor, executor, from exec&umacron;tus, past participle of exequ&imacron;, exsequ&imacron;, to pursue, carry out : ex-, ex- + sequ&imacron;, 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.