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English Dictionary: execute by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
execute
v
  1. kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed"
    Synonym(s): execute, put to death
  2. murder in a planned fashion; "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"
  3. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
    Synonym(s): carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil
  4. carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"
  5. carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine; "Run the dishwasher"; "run a new program on the Mac"; "the computer executed the instruction"
    Synonym(s): run, execute
  6. carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
    Synonym(s): perform, execute, do
  7. sign in the presence of witnesses; "The President executed the treaty"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Execute \Ex"e*cute\, v. i.
      1. To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose. [R.]
            --Hayward.
  
      2. To perform musically.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Execute \Ex"e*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Executed}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Executing}.] [F. ex[82]cuter, L. executus, exsecutus,
      p. p. of exequi to follow to the end, pursue; ex out + sequi
      to follow. See {Second}, {Sue} to follow up, and cf.
      {Exequy}.]
      1. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into
            complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to
            perform.
  
                     Why delays His hand to execute what his decree Fixed
                     on this day?                                       --Milton.
  
      2. To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is
            required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps
            sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease,
            mortgage, will, etc.
  
      3. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by;
            to perform the requirements or stimulations of; as, to
            execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process.
  
      4. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in
            conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor.
  
      5. Too put to death illegally; to kill. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
      6. (Mus.) To perform, as a piece of music, either on an
            instrument or with the voice; as, to execute a difficult
            part brilliantly.
  
      Syn: To accomplish; effect; fulfill; achieve; consummate;
               finish; complete. See {Accomplish}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   execute
  
      {execution}
  
  
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