Meaning of EXECUTION in English

ˌeksəˈkyüshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English execucioun, from Middle French execution, from Latin execution-, exsecution-, executio, exsecutio, from executus, exsecutus (past participle of exequi, exsequi to execute, from ex- ex- (I) + sequi to follow) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at sue

1. : the act or process of executing : performance , accomplishment

there was nothing to prevent the execution of his purpose

put a new plan into execution


a. archaic : a punishment ordered legally

b. : a putting to death as a legal penalty : capital punishment


a. : the process for carrying into effect the judgment or decree of a court ; especially : the enforcement of such judgment or decree by arrest of the person or seizure of the property of a debtor

b. : a judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect — called also final process

c. : the act of signing, sealing, and delivering a legal instrument or giving it the forms required to make it valid

the execution of a deed

the execution of a will

4. : the act or mode or result of performance in any of the arts or in anything that requires a special skill or technique

execution of a carving

execution of a violin solo

the fineness of execution of the iron balcony and of the railing — American Guide Series: New York City

5. : effective or destructive action — used usually with do

as soon as day came, we went out to see what execution we had done — Daniel Defoe

6. archaic : the military act of plundering

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.