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English noun: execution

1. execution (act) putting a condemned person to death

Synonymscapital punishment, death penalty, executing

Broader (hypernym)corporal punishment

Narrower (hyponym)beheading, burning, burning, burning at the stake, crucifixion, decapitation, electrocution, hanging

2. execution (act) the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

SamplesThey criticised his performance as mayor.
Experience generally improves performance.

Synonymscarrying into action, carrying out, performance

Broader (hypernym)action

Narrower (hyponym)linguistic performance, mechanics, mechanism, officiation, specific performance

3. execution (process) (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer

Synonymsinstruction execution

Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)batch processing, concurrent execution, multiprogramming

Part meronymdata processing

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

4. execution (communication) (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable

Synonymsexecution of instrument

Broader (hypernym)subscription

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. execution (communication) a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out

Synonymswrit of execution

Broader (hypernym)court order

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. execution (act) the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

SamplesThe agency was created for the implementation of the policy.

Synonymscarrying out, implementation

Broader (hypernym)enforcement

7. execution (act) unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

Synonymsmurder, slaying

Broader (hypernym)homicide

Narrower (hyponym)assassination, bloodshed, butchery, carnage, contract killing, dry-gulching, elimination, filicide, fratricide, gore, hit, infanticide, liquidation, lynching, mariticide, mass murder, massacre, parricide, regicide, shoot-down, slaughter, thuggee, tyrannicide, uxoricide

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