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execution

noun uk   us   /ˌek.sɪˈkjuː.ʃən/

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.
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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.
Translations of “execution”
in Korean 처형…
in Arabic إِعْدام…
in Portuguese execução…
in Catalan execució…
in Japanese 死刑…
in Italian esecuzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺死, (依法進行的)處決,處死…
in Russian казнь, исполнение, осуществление…
in Turkish idam, infaz, yapma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀死, (依法进行的)处决,处死…
in Polish egzekucja, wykonanie, wykonywanie…
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