- 1[usually passive] execute somebody (for something) to kill somebody, especially as a legal punishment He was executed for treason. The prisoners were executed by firing squad. Wordfinderalert, assassinate, attack, campaign, execute, extremist, hijack, hostage, kidnap, terrorism See related entries: Types of punishment, Terrorism
- 2execute something (formal) to do a piece of work, perform a duty, put a plan into action, etc. They drew up and executed a plan to reduce fuel consumption. The crime was very cleverly executed. Check that the computer has executed your commands.
- 3execute something (formal) to successfully perform a skilful action or movement The pilot executed a perfect landing.
- 4execute something (formal) to make or produce a work of art Picasso also executed several landscapes at Horta de San Juan. See related entries: Describing art
- 5execute something (law) to follow the instructions in a legal document; to make a document legally valid His will was executed by his lawyers in 2008. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French executer, from medieval Latin executare, from Latin exsequi
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they execute
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːt//he / she / it executes
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːts//past simple executed
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪd//past participle executed
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪd//-ing form executing
BrE BrE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪkjuːtɪŋ//Types of punishment, Describing art, Terrorism