Simple Definition of perform
: to do an action or activity that usually requires training or skill
: to entertain an audience by singing, acting, etc.
—used to describe how effective or successful someone or something is
Full Definition of perform
1 : to adhere to the terms of : fulfill <perform a contract>
3 a : to do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual b : to give a rendition of : present
performabilityplay \-ˌfȯr-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
performableplay \-ˈfȯr-mə-bəl\ adjective
performerplay \-ˈfȯr-mər\ noun
Examples of perform in a sentence
The doctor had to perform surgery immediately.
The magician performed some amazing tricks.
The gymnasts performed their routines perfectly.
You are required to perform 50 hours of community service.
The band will be performing on the main stage.
She's a wonderful singer who loves to perform before a live audience.
The band will perform songs from their new album.
The class performed the play for the school.
Origin and Etymology of perform
Middle English, from Anglo-French parfurmer, alteration of perforner, parfurnir, from par-, per- thoroughly (from Latin per-) + furnir to complete — more at furnish
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of perform
Rhymes with perform
art form, aswarm, barnstorm, brainstorm, by-form, by storm, conform, deform, Delorme, dust storm, firestorm, free-form, hailstorm, ice storm, inform, L-form, landform, life-form, line storm, lukewarm, planform, platform, preform, rainstorm, re-form, reform, sandstorm, slip form, snowstorm, transform, triform, waveform, windstorm
PERFORM Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of perform
1 : to adhere to and fulfill the terms of <perform an obligation>
2 : to carry out or bring about <perform the work according to design>
3 : to do according to prescribed ritual or law <perform a marriage ceremony>
4 : to give a public rendition or presentation of <perform a copyrighted play>
1 : to adhere to and fulfill the terms of a contract, promise, or obligation <failed to perform under the agreement>
2 : to carry out or present something
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