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Definition of execute:

  1. To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc.
  2. To do one's work; to act one's part of purpose.
  3. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform.
  4. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stimulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process.
  5. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor.
  6. To perform musically.
  7. To perform, as a piece of music, either on an instrument or with the voice; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly.
  8. Too put to death illegally; to kill.


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