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"execute" in British English

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executeverb [T]

uk   /ˈek.sɪ.kjuːt/ us   /ˈek.sə.kjuːt/
  • execute verb [T] (KILL)

C2 to kill someone as a legal punishment: He was executed for murder.

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(Definition of execute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"execute" in American English

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executeverb [T]

us   /ˈek·sɪˌkjut/
  • execute verb [T] (DO)

to do or perform something planned: Now that we have approval, we can go ahead and execute the plan.
  • execute verb [T] (KILL)

to kill someone as a legal punishment
(Definition of execute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"execute" in Business English

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executeverb

uk   /ˈeksɪkjuːt/ us  
[T] to do or perform something in a planned way: Local authority officials will check that the work is being executed according to the plans submitted. execute an agreement/a plan/a contract
[T] IT to make a computer program or instruction work: execute a command/program The software translates programs from language a human can read and understand to language a computer can execute.
[I] to be successful with your business plans: The company knows the local market and has a great ability to execute.
execute a trade
STOCK MARKET to buy or sell shares, etc.: The bond trader who is believed to have executed the trade refused to comment on the transaction.
execute a will
LAW to deal with a dead person's money, property, etc. according to the instructions in their will
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(Definition of execute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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