verb (used with object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
- to carry out; accomplish: to execute a plan or order.
- to perform or do: to execute a maneuver; to execute a gymnastic feat.
- to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law.
- to murder; assassinate.
- to produce in accordance with a plan or design: a painting executed by an unknown artist.
- to perform or play (a piece of music).
- to give effect or force to (a law, decree, judicial sentence, etc.).
- to carry out the terms of (a will).
- to transact or carry through (a contract, mortgage, etc.) in the manner prescribed by law; complete and give validity to (a legal instrument) by fulfilling the legal requirements, as by signing or sealing.
- Computers. to run (a program or routine) or to carry out (an instruction in a program).
verb (used without object), ex·e·cut·ed, ex·e·cut·ing.
- to perform or accomplish something, as an assigned task.
- Sports. to perform properly the fundamental moves or mechanics of a sport, game, position, or particular play; show smoothness in necessary skills: We just didn’t execute defensively.
- (of a computer program) able to be run
- a file containing a program that will run as soon as it is opened
- to put (a condemned person) to death; inflict capital punishment upon
- to carry out; complete; perform; doto execute an order
- to perform; accomplish; effectto execute a pirouette
- to make or produceto execute a drawing
- to carry into effect (a judicial sentence, the law, etc); enforce
- law to comply with legal formalities in order to render (a deed, etc) effective, as by signing, sealing, and delivering
- to sign (a will) in the presence of witnesses and in accordance with other legal formalities
- to carry out the terms of (a contract, will, etc)
late 14c., “to carry into effect,” from Old French executer (14c.), from Medieval Latin executare, from Latin execut-/exsecut-, past participle stem of exequi/exsequi “to follow out” (see execution). Meaning “to inflict capital punishment” is from late 15c. Related: Executed; executing.