Definition of execute
From Latin exsecutum, past participle of exsequor, from from ex- (“out”) + sequor (“to follow”).
execute (third-person singular simple present executes, present participle executing, simple past and past participle executed)
- (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; as, to execute a will, to execute orders.
Your orders have been executed, Sir!
- (transitive) To begin putting into effect.
I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.
- (transitive) To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract.
- (transitive) (computing) To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program.
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