• WordNet 3.6
    • v execute sign in the presence of witnesses "The President executed the treaty"
    • v execute put in effect "carry out a task","execute the decision of the people","He actioned the operation"
    • v execute carry out or perform an action "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters","the skater executed a triple pirouette","she did a little dance"
    • v execute kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment "In some states, criminals are executed"
    • v execute murder in a planned fashion "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
    • v execute carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine "Run the dishwasher","run a new program on the Mac","the computer executed the instruction"
    • v execute carry out the legalities of "execute a will or a deed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age ofthe Rolling Stones: 50.6.
    • Execute To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc.
    • Execute To do one's work; to act one's part or purpose.
    • Execute To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform. "Why delays
      His hand to execute what his decree
      Fixed on this day?"
    • Execute To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stipulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process.
    • Execute To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor.
    • Execute To perform musically.
    • Execute (Mus) To perform, as a piece of music or other feat of skill, whether on an instrument or with the voice, or in any other manner requiring physical activity; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly; to execute a coup; to execute a double play.
    • Execute To put to death illegally; to kill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Of Chief Executives, only Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of a President.
    • execute To follow out or through to the end; perform completely, as something projected, prescribed, or ordered; carry into complete effect; accomplish: as, to execute a purpose, plan, design, or scheme.
    • execute To perform or do: as, to execute a difficult gymnastic feat; to execute a piece of music.
    • execute In law: To complete and give validity to, as a legal instrument, by performing whatever is required by law to be done, as by signing and sealing, attestation, authentication, etc.: as, to execute a deed or lease. An instrument is said to be executed when it is so authenticated as to be complete as an instrument, although the contract or declaration of purpose embodied in the instrument may still remain executory. See executory contract, under contract.
    • execute To perform or carry out fully, as the conditions of a deed, contract, etc. A contract containing reciprocal obligations may in this sense be executed on one side while remaining executory on the other, as, for instance, when the purchaser pays the price in full before he receives a conveyance.
    • execute To give effect to; put in force; enforce; as, to execute law or justice; to execute a writ; to execute judgment or vengeance.
    • execute To perform judgment or sentence on; specifically, to inflict capital punishment on; put to death in accordance with law or the sentence of a court: as, to execute a traitor.
    • execute Hence To put to death; kill; do to death.
    • execute To carry out or accomplish a course of action, a purpose, or a plan; produce an effect or result aimed at.
    • execute To perform a piece of music: as, he executes well.
    • execute Executed; accomplished.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Streetcar conductors, taxi drivers, and business executives have the highest statistical chance of getting peptic ulcers.
    • v.t Execute eks′e-kūt to perform: to give effect to: to carry into effect the sentence of the law: to put to death by law
    • n Execute the power or authority in government that carries the laws into effect: the persons who administer the government
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  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An executive is someone who talks with visitors so the other employees can get their work done.”
  • George S. Patton
    “A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
  • Vera Brittain
    Vera Brittain
    “Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.”
  • Proverb
    “One hour in the execution of justice is worth seventy years of prayer.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. exécuter, L. executus, exsecutus, p. p. of exequi, to follow to the end, pursue; ex, out + sequi, to follow. See Second Sue to follow up, and cf. Exequy


In literature:

His plan of battle was on the whole admirably executed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
This threat he partly carried into execution.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
In England the legal method of executing a witch was by hanging; after death the body was burnt and the ashes scattered.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
It found that the Navy's current policies were sound and when properly executed produced good results.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
The battalion is the largest unit that executes a movement at the command of execution of its commander.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Mr. Sedgwick offered a resolution providing for the execution of the four treaties.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
His first orders were to pull down the idols; during the execution the people wept, moaned, and wrung their hands.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
Under such circumstances, he deserved execution by the military and international law, and was decapitated at Medina accordingly.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
Mr. Rittenhouse had a thought of trying ivory; but I do not know whether he executed it.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The Composition of the Executive.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg

In poetry:

Ay and, ever to the ending,
Cricket chirps at need, Executes the hand's intending,
Promptly, perfectly,--indeed
Saves the singer from defeat
With her chirrup low and sweet.
"A Tale" by Robert Browning
To-morrow's gold I will not have; and thou
Shalt have no gold upon to-morrow: now
My final writ shall to th' execution have thee,
All earthly treasure cannot help or save thee.
"A Dialogue Betwixt An Exciseman And Death" by Anonymous British
But thou art loth thy bolts to shoot;
Backward and slow to execute
The vengeance due to me:
Thou dost not willingly reprove,
For all the mild effects of love
Are center'd, Lord, in thee.
"There Is Mercy With Thee" by Augustus Montague Toplady
It?s true? that not to reach you was fate?
but who?ll deny that to love you
was entirely in my hands? So why complain if these matters of desire
brought me inevitably to the execution grounds?
"We Who Were Executed" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Oh why not now? Why spare the time to warn?
Why came they not with thee to massacre,
Leaving no agony betwixt the sentence
And instant execution? That were mercy!
Oh, my prophetic father!
"The Dance To Death. Act V" by Emma Lazarus
Now passing through the lowering skies,
To execute his judgments just,
How instant his red lightning flies!
The rocks are rent, the mountains burst!
Midst the brewing storms,
Hark! his chariot comes!
"Ethic Strains, On Subjects Sublime And Beautiful - Part I" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

In a statement issued late Monday, the human rights group called the execution "deeply shocking" and said it "highlights the urgent need for a halt in executions in Saudi Arabia.
COLUMBIA — Missouri has enough drug supplies for five executions with the next execution scheduled for Feb 9.
If the president issues an executive order doubling the pay of employees in the executive branch, it is an illegal order.
Midnight had come and gone, and with it passed his first execution — the nation's first execution using lethal injection.
Once the Executive Task Force is in place, it should begin to form action teams, composed of either a single person or a small group, to collect information for the Executive Task Force.
James Patrick, the current executive director of the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn. Has been named the Morrison Center's new executive director.
CeramTec AG's executive board of directors has announced the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer for its North American operations.
Which was retooled this fall to try to keep it on the air, will end its run after this season, Warner Bros executives told stations starting on Friday and executive producer Terence Noonan told the staff this morning.
Black Agency Executives, an association of black directors of social service agencies in New York City, would invite about 60 black corporate executives of major national companies to a conference in April.
While the possibility of executing an innocent is enough to ask we halt all executions, it's not why I do it.
If we execute murderers, why don't we execute the people who write computer worms.
Movea Executive Vice President to Moderate the MEMS Technology Showcase at the MEMS Executive Congress 2011.
APA's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President .
Said that it has named Jari Koikkalainen, MSC (Tech), eMBA, as Executive Vice President, Transportation Filtration , and member of the Executive Management Team, effective February 1, 2013.
Grass Valley is reorganizing its sales and marketing division with four new executive positions and the exit of Jeff Rosica, a 12-year veteran of the company who now serves as executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer.

In science:

Consider the execution fragment πs · ρ, where ρ is the complete execution of {W3 (Xk ), T C3} by transaction T3 .
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
If the operations on these ob jects are atomic, then the result of the execution is the same as some sequential execution that could arise from an arbitrary interleaving of the processes’ steps.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
Each individual process p executes its program by executing a sequence of operations on shared ob jects, where the first operation is fixed and the k-th operation invocation, k > 1, is a function of the responses p received from the preceding k − 1 operations (including flip operations).
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
For example, consider an algorithm, M, where process p (respectively, q) executes the single operation opp (resp. opq ) and process r first executes opr and then executes a flip operation, cf .
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
For a shared implemented ob ject O and a history H , we denote by H kO the history H pro jected to all steps that any process executes while performing an operation on O , i.e., all steps executed by the process during an interval that starts with an invocation on O and ends with the matching response on O .
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation