Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


We think that he is a spirit who moves where he lists, and executes the decrees of heaven.

The left or right half only of the guard as indicated, executes the movement.

She executes a sinuous pantomimic dance of youth and desire.

Whatever he desired as elector he executes as National Guard.

In both departments he executes his own will: when he speaks, he speaks with authority.

Not in the Executive, for he only executes and cannot make laws.

He accordingly plans, and executes, a new missionary excursion.

He reads it mentally and then executes the action indicated on the card.

Finally it is the power of this substance which executes the volition.

She then executes the "Dance of the Seven Veils," casting one veil after another from her.


late 14c., "to carry into effect," from Old French executer (14c.), from Medieval Latin executare, from Latin execut-/exsecut-, past participle stem of exequi/exsequi "to follow out" (see execution). Meaning "to inflict capital punishment" is from late 15c. Related: Executed; executing.