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Dictionary definition for: Execute

1. (v) kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment; "In some states, criminals are executed"

2. (v) murder execution-style; "The Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed"

3. (v) put in effect; "carry out a task" "execute the decision of the people" "He actioned the operation"

4. (v) carry out the legalities of; "execute a will or a deed"

5. (v) 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"

6. (v) 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"

7. (v) sign in the presence of witnesses; "The President executed the treaty"

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