- (transitive) To kill as punishment for capital crimes.
- There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
- (transitive) 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.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Why delays / His hand to execute what his decree / Fixed on this day?
- (transitive) To perform.
- to execute a difficult piece of music brilliantly
- to execute a turn in ballet
- (transitive, law) To carry out, to perform an act; to put into effect or cause to become legally binding or valid (as a contract) by so doing.
- to execute a contract
- (transitive, computing) To start, launch or run
- (intransitive, computing) To run, usually successfully.
- The program executed, but data problems were discovered.
to kill as punishment
to start a defined process and run it to completion
to start a defined process, without regard to whether it runs to completion or not
to start, launch or run software
to sign or otherwise cause a document (especially a contract) to become legally valid
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ek.seˈkuː.te/, [ɛk.s̠ɛˈkuː.t̪ɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ek.seˈku.te/, [ɛk.sɛˈkuː.t̪ɛ]
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of executar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of executar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of executar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of executar
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of executar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of executar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of executar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of executar.