execute ( executes 3rd person present) ( executing present participle) ( executed past tense & past participle )
1 verb To execute someone means to kill them as a punishment for a serious crime.
He was executed by lethal injection earlier today... be V-ed
One group claimed to have executed the American hostage... V n
This boy's father had been executed for conspiring against the throne. be V-ed for n/-ing
execution ( executions plural) n-var
Execution by lethal injection is scheduled for July 30th.
2 verb If you execute a plan, you carry it out.
FORMAL We are going to execute our campaign plan to the letter. V n
US forces are fully prepared for the execution of any action once the order is given by the president.
3 verb If you execute a difficult action or movement, you successfully perform it.
The landing was skilfully executed. V n
4 verb When someone executes a work of art, they make or produce it, using an idea as a basis.
Morris executed a suite of twelve drawings in 1978... V n
A well-executed shot of a tall ship is a joy to behold. V-ed
The ideas in the show's presentation were good, but failed in execution.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 behead, electrocute, guillotine, hang, kill, put to death, shoot
2 accomplish, achieve, administer, bring off, carry out, complete, consummate, discharge, do, effect, enact, enforce, finish, fulfil, implement, perform, prosecute, put into effect, realize, render
3 (Law) deliver, seal, serve, sign, validate
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