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put to death (third-person singular simple present puts to death, present participle putting to death, simple past and past participle put to death)

  1. To kill as punishment for capital crimes; to execute.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Deuteronomy 24:16:
      The fathers shall not bee put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: euery man shall be put to death for his owne sinne.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      One of Clemons's three co-defendants has already been executed, and Clemons himself came within 12 days of being put to death in 2009.