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To make, to perform, to do, to follow to completion. To complete; to fulfill a purpose, such as to execute an instrument, meaning to sign, seal (modernly, to notarize), and deliver. This term is frequently used in the law; as, to execute a deed is to make a deed. It also signifies to perform, as to execute a contract; hence some contracts are called executed contracts, and others are called executory contracts. To execute also means to put to death by virtue of a lawful sentence; as, the sheriff executed the convict.


 - vb. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform. 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. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stipulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor. ...

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