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)