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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.


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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