Execute

Definition of Execute

Ex´e`cute
v. t.1.To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform.
[imp. & p. p. Executed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Executing .]
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 stipulations 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.To put to death illegally; to kill.
6.(Mus.) To perform, as a piece of music or other feat of skill, whether on an instrument or with the voice, or in any other manner requiring physical activity; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly; to execute a coup; to execute a double play.
v. i.1.To do one's work; to act one's part or purpose.
2.To perform musically.

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