Meaning of EXECUTION in English

ex ‧ e ‧ cu ‧ tion /ˌeksəˈkjuːʃ ə n, ˌeksɪˈkjuːʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

1 . [uncountable and countable] when someone is killed, especially as a legal punishment:

a public execution

The two men face execution (=they will be killed as a punishment) .

Torture and summary execution (=execution without a trial or any legal process) are common.

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

2 . [uncountable] formal a process in which you do something that has been carefully planned SYN implementation

execution of

the formulation and execution of urban policy

3 . [uncountable] law the process of making sure that the instructions in a legal document are followed:

the execution of a will

4 . [uncountable] formal the performance of a difficult action or movement

5 . [uncountable] formal the process of producing something such as a painting, film, book etc, or the way it is produced:

art that is unusual in design and execution

6 . [uncountable and countable] technical when you make a computer program work, or a ↑ command (=instruction) happen

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■ verbs

▪ carry out an execution

The order to carry out his execution was sent to the prison.

▪ hold an execution (=carry one out)

The executions will be held later today.

▪ face execution (=be due to be killed)

He is facing execution after being found guilty of murdering three women.

▪ await execution (=wait to be killed)

The convicted men were moved to Virginia Penitentiary to await execution.

▪ an execution takes place (=it happens)

In Elizabethan times, the execution of traitors took place on Tower Hill.

■ adjectives

▪ a public execution (=in a public place. with people watching)

Bethea's hanging on August 14, 1936 was the last public execution in America.

▪ a mock execution (=one in which people pretend they are going to kill someone)

He had to endure torture and a mock execution.

▪ summary execution (=one that is done immediately, without a trial or any legal process)

Protestors face summary execution.

▪ a mass execution (=one in which many people are killed at the same time)

Eleven convicted murderers were hanged in what was the country's biggest ever mass execution.

■ phrases

▪ a stay of execution (=the official stopping or delay of an execution)

He was granted a stay of execution by the Supreme Court.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.