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Definition of 'execute'


  1. kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed"
       Synonyms: put to death
  2. murder in a planned fashion; "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
  3. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
       Synonyms: carry through accomplish carry out action fulfill fulfil
  4. carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"
  5. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction"
       Synonyms: run
  6. carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
       Synonyms: perform do
  7. sign in the presence of witnesses; "The President executed the treaty"

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