execution

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French execution (c.1360), from Latin executio, an agent noun from exequi (to follow out), from out + sequor (follow).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌek.sɪˈkjuː.ʃən/
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Noun[edit]

execution (plural executions)

  1. The act, manner or style of executing (actions, maneuvers, performances).
    • 1885, John Ormsby, chapter 1, Don QuixoteWikisource, volume 1, translation of original by Miguel de Cervantes:
      Already the poor man saw himself crowned by the might of his arm Emperor of Trebizond at least; and so, led away by the intense enjoyment he found in these pleasant fancies, he set himself forthwith to put his scheme into execution.
  2. The state of being executed (accomplished).
    The battle plan was successfully executed.
  3. The act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated.
  4. (law) The carrying into effect of a court judgment, or of a will.
  5. (law) The formal process by which a contract is made valid and put into binding effect.
  6. (computing) The carrying out of an instruction, program or program segment by a computer.
    The entire machine slowed down during the execution of the virus checker.
    Whenever the matrix inversion function executed the program crashed.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin execūtiō, an agent noun from exsequor (follow out), itself from ex + sequor (follow).

Noun[edit]

execution f (plural executions)

  1. execution (act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated)

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin execūtiō, an agent noun from exsequor (follow out), itself from ex + sequor (follow).

Noun[edit]

execution f (oblique plural executions, nominative singular execution, nominative plural executions)

  1. execution (act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated)

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