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execute (the commoner uses are to ‘carry into effect’, of which sense 1 is an extension, and ‘inflict capital punishment on’, of which sense 2 is an extension)
1. to give practical effect to (a passion, &c.), allow to operate Tp. I. ii. 104 “e-ing th' outward face of royalty” (=‘acting as a king to all appearance’), LLL. V. ii. 853, R3 I. iv. 71 “ thy wrath,” Cym. III. v. 147; to bring (a weapon) into play Troil. V. vii. 6 “ your aims” ; absol. Oth. II. iii. 230 “To upon him.”
2. to put to death, kill R2 IV. i. 82, 1H6 I. iv. 36 “Whom with my bare fists I would execute.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 3.5
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 1.4
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
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