Execute Definition

executed, executes, executing
executed, executes, executing
To run an instruction or program.
Webster's New World
To carry into effect; administer (laws, etc.)
Webster's New World
To perform; do.
Execute a U-turn.
American Heritage
To follow out or carry out; do; perform; fulfill.
To execute another's orders.
Webster's New World
To create or produce in accordance with an idea, plan, blueprint, etc.
To execute a statue in marble.
Webster's New World

Origin of Execute

  • 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 sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French executer (French exécuter), from Latin exsecutus, past participle of exsequor, from ex- (“out”) + sequor (“to follow”).

    From Wiktionary

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