Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for execute.
Main Entry: ex·e·cute
Pronunciation: 'ek-si-"kyüt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -cut·ed; -cut·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French executer, from execucion execution
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to carry out fully : put completely into effect <execute a command>
2 : to do what is provided or required by <execute a decree>
3 : to put to death especially in compliance with a legal sentence
4 : to make or produce (as a work of art) especially by carrying out a design
5 : to perform what is required to give validity to <execute a deed>
6 : PLAY <execute a piece of music>
intransitive verb
1 : to perform properly or skillfully the fundamentals of a sport or of a particular play <never had a team execute better -- Bobby Knight>
2 : to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions -- used of a computer program or routine
synonym see KILL, PERFORM
- ex·e·cut·able /-"kyü-t&-b&l/ adjective