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English definition of “execute”


verb [T]     /ˈeksɪkjuːt/
KILL to kill someone as a legal punishment : He was executed for murder .Death penalties
DO formal to do something, such as follow a plan or order : to execute a deal / plan Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of execute verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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