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Meaning of “execute” in the English Dictionary

"execute" in British English

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executeverb [T]

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

C2 to ​kill someone as a ​legalpunishment: He was executed for ​murder.

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  • execute verb [T] (DO)

C2 formal to do or ​perform something, ​especially in a ​planned way: to execute a ​deal/​plan The ​wholeplay was executed with ​greatprecision.execute a will specialized If you execute someone's will, you ​deal with that person's ​money, ​property, etc., ​according to the ​instructions in it.
(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 ​legalpunishment
(Definition of execute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"execute" in Business English

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executeverb

uk   us   /ˈeksɪkjuːt/
[T] to do or ​perform something in a ​planned way: Local ​authorityofficials will ​check that the ​work is being executed according to the ​planssubmitted. execute an ​agreement/a ​plan/a ​contract
[T] IT to make a ​computerprogram or ​instructionwork: execute a ​command/​program The ​softwaretranslatesprograms from ​language a ​human can read and understand to ​language a ​computer can execute.
[I] to be ​successful with your ​businessplans: The ​company knows the ​localmarket and has a great ​ability to execute.
execute a trade STOCK MARKET to ​buy or ​sellshares, etc.: The ​bondtrader who is believed to have executed the ​traderefused 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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“execute” in British English

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