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English definition of “execution”

execution

noun  /ˌek·sɪˈkju·ʃən/ us  

execution noun (DOING SOMETHING)

[U] the act of doing or performing something in a planned way: The guitarist’s execution of the ballad was superb.

execution noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C/U] the act of killing someone as a legal punishment: [U] Execution is still a penalty for murder.
(Definition of execution from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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