execute
verb (-cuted; -cuting) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French executer, from execucion execution Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to carry out fully ; put completely into effect <
execute a command
>
2. to do what is provided or required by <
execute a decree
>
3. to put to death especially in compliance with a legal sentence 4. to make or produce (as a work of art) especially by carrying out a design 5. to perform what is required to give validity to <
execute a deed
>
6. play <
execute a piece of music
>
intransitive verb 1. to perform properly or skillfully the fundamentals of a sport or of a particular play <
never had a team execute better — Bobby Knight
>
2. to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions — used of a computer program or routine Synonyms: see kill, performexecutable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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