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execution noun

1 killing sb as an official punishment

ADJ. public | mass | judicial | extrajudicial | summary | political | mock

VERB + EXECUTION order The tribunal ordered the execution of 42 coup plotters. | carry out Executions were carried out in the prison yard. | face If caught, the men could face execution. | await prisoners who are on death row awaiting execution | suffer (formal) She was taken prisoner and suffered eventual execution. | attend, watch, witness

EXECUTION + VERB take place A bell was tolled when executions took place.

PREP. ~ by execution by hanging

PHRASES a stay of execution (= a delay in an execution being carried out) The judge had granted a stay of execution.

2 carrying out a plan/order

ADJ. successful the successful execution of the contract

VERB + EXECUTION stay, suspend The court has discretion to stay or suspend execution of the order.

PHRASES the execution of your duty She was charged with obstruction of a police officer in the execution of his duty. | a stay of execution (= a delay in an order being carried out)