electrocute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of electro- and execute

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlektrəkjuːt/, /əˈlektrəkjuːt/

Verb[edit]

electrocute (third-person singular simple present electrocutes, present participle electrocuting, simple past and past participle electrocuted)

  1. (transitive) To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock.
    He was electrocuted for his crimes.
  2. (informal) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally.

Usage notes[edit]

Formally, the words electrocute and electrocution always imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are rather often used to refer to serious but nonfatal electric shocks. Strictly correct usage is to reserve electrocute and electrocution for fatal electric shocks, and to use shock or electric shock for nonfatal ones.

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Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

electrocute

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of electrocutar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of electrocutar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of electrocutar.