execute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French executer (French exécuter), from Latin exsecutus, past participle of exsequor, from ex- (out) + sequor (to follow).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

execute (third-person singular simple present executes, present participle executing, simple past and past participle executed)

  1. (transitive) To kill as punishment for capital crimes.
    There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
  2. (transitive) To carry out; to put into effect.
    Your orders have been executed, sir!
    I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.
    • Milton
      Why delays / His hand to execute what his decree / Fixed on this day?
  3. (transitive) To perform.
    to execute a difficult piece of music brilliantly
    to execute a turn in ballet
  4. (transitive) To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract.
  5. (transitive, computing) To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program.

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Verb[edit]

execute

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of executar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of executar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of executar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of executar