put to death
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- To kill as punishment for capital crimes; to execute.
2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, The Guardian:
- One of Clemons's three co-defendants has already been executed, and Clemons himself came within 12 days of being put to death in 2009.
to kill as punishment — see execute