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English definition of “execution”

execution

noun uk   /ˌek.sɪˈkjuː.ʃən/ us  

execution noun (KILLING)

[C or U] the legal punishment of killing someone: Execution is still the penalty in some states for murder. The executions will be carried out by a firing squad.Death penalties

execution noun (ACTION)

[U] the act of doing or performing something, especially in a planned way: Sometimes in the execution of their duty the police have to use firearms. Although the original idea was good, its execution has been disappointing.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
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