execute

To execute means to carry out in full or perform. If you execute all the difficult steps of the dance perfectly, you will make your instructor proud.

Here’s what’s tricky about execute: the first thing you think of is being punished with death for criminal actions. Actually, it's more commonly used in the sense of “to carry out in full.” So don't be alarmed with visions of the hooded guy at the guillotine when someone congratulates you on a plan well executed. Think of the word executive to get a closer grasp of both the meaning and the context.

Primary Meanings of execute

1.
v
put in effect
2.
v
murder in a planned fashion
Full Definitions of execute
1

v put in effect

execute the decision of the people”
Synonyms:
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
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get over
to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end
run
carry out
consummate
make perfect; bring to perfection
consummate
fulfill sexually
do, perform
get (something) done
complete, discharge, dispatch
complete or carry out
overachieve
perform better or achieve a greater degree of success than expected
turn
accomplish by rotating
underachieve, underperform
perform less well or with less success than expected
misdo
do wrongly or improperly
do one's best, give full measure, give one's best, go all out
perform a task as well as possible
ply
apply oneself diligently
Type of:
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end
effect, effectuate, set up
produce

v carry out or perform an action

“the skater executed a triple pirouette”
Synonyms:
do, perform
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perform or finish an action rapidly
carry
sing or play against other voices or parts
pipe up
begin to play or sing
declaim, recite
recite in elocution
serenade
sing and play for somebody
cut corners
do something the cheapest or easiest way
stunt
perform a stunt or stunts
cut
perform or carry out
blaze away
perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly
scamp
perform hastily and carelessly
churn out
perform in a mechanical way
premier, premiere
perform a work for the first time
star
be the star in a performance
appear
appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
practice, practise, rehearse
engage in a rehearsal (of)
ad-lib, extemporise, extemporize, improvise, improvize
perform without preparation
interpret, render
give an interpretation or rendition of
conduct, direct, lead
lead, as in the performance of a composition
make
perform or carry out
elocute
declaim in an elocutionary manner
perorate
deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
scan
read metrically
co-star
be the co-star in a performance
walk through
perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
scrimmage
practice playing (a sport)
sing
deliver by singing
pay
render

v carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

“the computer executed the instruction”
Synonyms:
run
play, run
cause to emit recorded audio or video
Types:
step
cause (a computer) to execute a single command
Type of:
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules

v carry out the legalities of

execute a will or a deed”
Types:
give
execute and deliver
Type of:
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules

v sign in the presence of witnesses

“The President executed the treaty”
Type of:
sign
be engaged by a written agreement
2

v murder in a planned fashion

“The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed
Synonyms:
put to death
kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment
Type of:
bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay
kill intentionally and with premeditation

v kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment

“In some states, criminals are executed
Synonyms:
put to death
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crucify
kill by nailing onto a cross
burn
burn at the stake
hang, string up
kill by hanging
halter
hang with a halter
gibbet
hang on an execution instrument
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
penalise, penalize, punish, sanction
impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

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