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English verb: execute

1. execute (social) kill as a means of socially sanctioned punishment


SamplesIn some states, criminals are executed.


ExamplesThey want to execute the prisoners


Synonymsput to death


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill, penalise, penalize, punish


Narrower (hyponym)burn, crucify, hang, string up


Verb groupexecute

2. execute (social) murder in a planned fashion


SamplesThe Mafioso who collaborated with the police was executed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay


Verb groupexecute, put to death

3. execute (creation) put in effect


SamplesCarry out a task.
Execute the decision of the people.
He actioned the operation.


Synonymsaccomplish, action, carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)complete, effect, effectuate, finish, set up


Narrower (hyponym)complete, consummate, consummate, discharge, dispatch, do, get over, perform, run


Verb groupcarry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through

4. execute (social) carry out the legalities of


SamplesExecute a will or a deed.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apply, enforce, implement


Narrower (hyponym)give

5. execute (social) carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine


SamplesRun the dishwasher.
Run a new program on the Mac.
The computer executed the instruction.


Synonymsrun


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apply, enforce, implement


Narrower (hyponym)step


Verb groupplay, run

6. execute (creation) carry out or perform an action


SamplesJohn did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters.
The skater executed a triple pirouette.
She did a little dance.


Synonymsdo, perform


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)ad-lib, appear, blaze away, carry, churn out, click off, conduct, cut, cut corners, declaim, direct, extemporise, extemporize, improvise, improvize, interpret, lead, make, pipe up, practice, practise, premier, premiere, recite, rehearse, render, scamp, serenade, star, stunt

7. execute (communication) sign in the presence of witnesses


SamplesThe President executed the treaty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sign









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