Execution - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌeksɪˈkjuːʃn|  American pronunciation of the word execution
Brit.  |ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word execution


- putting a condemned person to death (syn: executing)
- the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it (syn: performance)
- (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
- (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
- 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
- the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order (syn: implementation)
- unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being (syn: murder, slaying)


He is in prison awaiting execution.

The quarterback's execution of the play was perfect.

skillful execution of the dance steps

His intention and execution are not very near each other.

The execution of the requisite tools and machinery was impossible.

You will have no obstruction from us in the execution of your duty.

The shot did no great execution.

The coward is determined to put the law in execution against me.

You have done execution tonight.

He was granted a stay of execution (=delay in carrying out an execution).

their torture and summary execution (=execution without a trial or any legal process)

the formulation and execution of urban policy

art that is unusual in design and execution

It's a firework piece of music, in which execution takes the place of melody.

...armies have traditionally used public execution as an exemplary punishment for the crime of desertion...

Word forms

singular: execution
plural: executions
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