Meaning of “execute” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • She was condemned to death and executed two weeks later.
  • A convicted murderer was executed in North Carolina yesterday.
  • Guy Fawkes was executed for treason after he took part in a plot to blow up the British Parliament building.
  • Anyone caught trying to escape from the prison camp would be executed on the spot.
  • A firing squad was ordered to take the prisoners to a nearby clearing and execute them.

execute verb [ T ] (DO)

C2 formal to do or perform something, especially in a planned way:

to execute a deal/plan
The whole play was executed with great precision.
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 legal punishment

(Definition of “execute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"execute" in Business English

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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)