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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 0 related words and terms: .

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
  5. (transitive, computing) To start, launch or run
    to execute a program
    Synonyms: start, launch, run, open
  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

    Portuguese execute definition



    1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of executar
    2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of executar
    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.
    4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of executar.