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verb [transitive] execute pronunciation in British English /ˈeksɪˌkjuːt/
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present tense
present participleexecuting
past tenseexecuted
past participleexecuted
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  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.
    1. a.
      to perform a difficult action or movement
      The ankle twisted when she was executing a particularly complex step.
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