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execute definition


This page has 15 definitions of execute with English translations in 4 languages. Execute is a verb and participle. Examples of how to use execute in a sentence are shown. Also define these 24 related words and terms: capital, crime, perform, law, carry out, effect, binding, valid, contract, computing, launch, run, start, open, executus, eu, executar, ele, ela, você, yo, usted, él, and ella.

See also: exécuté and exécute

English execute definition


From Old French executer (French exécuter), from Latin exsecutus, past participle of exsequor, from ex- (out) + sequor (to follow).



execute (third-person singular simple present executes, present participle executing, simple past and past participle executed)

  1. (transitive) To kill as punishment for capital crimes.
    There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
  2. (transitive) To carry out; to put into effect.
    Your orders have been executed, sir!
    I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.
  3. (transitive) To perform.
    to execute a difficult piece of music brilliantly
    to execute a turn in ballet
  4. (transitive, law) To carry out, to perform an act; to put into effect or cause to become legally binding or valid (as a contract) by so doing.
    to execute a contract
    • Binding definition
      Imposing stipulations or requirements that must be honoured. (1 of 2 binding definitions)
  5. (transitive, computing) To start, launch or run
    to execute a program
    Synonyms: start, launch, run, open
    • Run definition
      To move swiftly.
      1. To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off either foot. (1 of 59 run definitions)
  6. (intransitive, computing) To run, usually successfully.
    The program executed, but data problems were discovered.

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  • Translations

    Latin execute definition




    1. vocative masculine singular of execūtus
      • Executus definition
        having gone through

    Portuguese execute definition



    1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of executar
      • Eu definition
        alternative form of io
      • Executar definition
        to execute
    2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of executar
      • Ele definition
        the name of the Latin-script letter L.
      • Ela definition
        the name of the Latin-script letter L.
      • Você definition
        second-person singular personal pronoun; you (1 of 2 você definitions)
    3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of executar
    4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of executar

    Spanish execute definition



    1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of executar.
    2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of executar.
    3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of executar.
      • Él definition
      • Ella definition
    4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of executar.