What does put to death mean?

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  1. To kill as punishment for capital crimes; to execute.
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Over the next few months 160 were put to death under this, or older, unrepealed laws.
Just beyond the city, one will also find the infamous killing fields where thousands upon thousands were put to death.
Most Americans seem to have no problem with the fact that, in their view, a lot of nasty, no-good people are put to death each year.
He would not like to catch hold of and put to death some other innocent person to redeem this sinner from his sins.
But families still fight for years to clear the name of loved ones who were put to death.
The priest confessed her wholly, and detained her long, because he was so sorry for her being put to death.

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