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verb [transitive]     execute pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexecuting
past tenseexecuted
past participleexecuted
  1. 1
    to kill someone as a punishment for a crime

    The state will execute him in 24 hours unless his appeal is granted.

    execute someone for something:

    Sidney and Russell were both executed for their part in the plot.

  2. 2
    formal to complete something that you have agreed or planned to do

    We check that all work is being executed according to the council’s guidelines.

  3. 3
    legal to make certain that the instructions in someone’s will are followed after they die
  4. 4
    computing to make a computer use a program or carry out an instruction
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