Definitions for: Execute


[v] sign in the presence of witnesses
[v] bring to execution; "carry out a task"; "carry out the surgery"
[v] to act or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"
[v] socially sanctioned killing as a means of punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed"
[v] murder execution-style
[v] extend beyond reasonable limits; "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme"
[v] carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex"e*cute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Executed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Executing.] [F. ex['e]cuter, L. executus, exsecutus,
p. p. of exequi to follow to the end, pursue; ex out + sequi
to follow. See Second, Sue to follow up, and cf.
Exequy.]
1. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into
complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to
perform.

Why delays His hand to execute what his decree Fixed
on this day? --Milton.

2. To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is
required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps
sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease,
mortgage, will, etc.

3. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by;
to perform the requirements or stimulations of; as, to
execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process.

4. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in
conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor.

5. Too put to death illegally; to kill. [Obs.] --Shak.

6. (Mus.) To perform, as a piece of music, either on an
instrument or with the voice; as, to execute a difficult
part brilliantly.

Syn: To accomplish; effect; fulfill; achieve; consummate;
finish; complete. See Accomplish.


Ex"e*cute, v. i.
1. To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose. [R.]
--Hayward.

2. To perform musically.

Synonyms: accomplish, carry, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, put to death

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