perform

verb
per·​form | \ pər-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce perform (audio) , pə- \
performed; performing; performs

Definition of perform

transitive verb

1 : to adhere to the terms of : fulfill perform a contract
3a : to do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual
b : to give a rendition of : present

intransitive verb

1 : to carry out an action or pattern of behavior : act, function
2 : to give a performance : play

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Other Words from perform

performability \ pər-​ˌfȯr-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce performability (audio) , pə-​ \ noun
performable \ pər-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce performable (audio) , pə-​ \ adjective
performer \ pər-​ˈfȯr-​mər How to pronounce performer (audio) , pə-​ \ noun

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perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Salka the Salonnière Powers for Algernon From news reports of tasks that various types of rodents have been trained to perform. Antonia Lloyd-jones, Harpers Magazine, "Archive: 2020," 11 May 2020 The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which also was to have performed at this summer’s festival, earlier canceled its tour. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Symphony loses July performances for Colorado festival," 11 May 2020 Hospitals have capacity for non-COVID patients Hospitals around Milwaukee also are moving toward ramping up operations, beginning to perform elective procedures and provide other care that has been delayed since mid-March. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trends in coronavirus fatalities emerge as Gov. Tony Evers announces plans for reopening Wisconsin," 8 May 2020 The News became a popular choice by Bay Area teams to perform the national anthem. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Rocker Huey Lewis voices his love for sports, Giants and Willie Mays," 7 May 2020 Larger centralized countries like China and Russia tend not to perform as well. Charles Hankla, The Conversation, "How disorderly democracies can outperform efficient autocracies in tackling coronavirus," 7 May 2020 The Post reports approximately 130 personnel were sent to Cheyenne Mountain to perform 12-hour watch shifts from the deep underground facility. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "NORAD’s Cheyenne Mountain Fortress Is Back in Business," 6 May 2020 The next step is to perform transplant survival experiments in large animals, Schneeberger says. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Machine That Keeps Livers Alive for a Week Can Repair Damaged Organs," 6 May 2020 Capitol Hill erupted late last week after the attending physician informed top GOP officials the health office did not have the means to perform instant virus tests on returning lawmakers or staff. Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate reopens despite risks as House preps more virus aid," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of perform

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for perform

Middle English, from Anglo-French parfurmer, alteration of perforner, parfurnir, from par-, per- thoroughly (from Latin per-) + furnir to complete — more at furnish

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The first known use of perform was in the 14th century

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perform. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for perform

perform

verb
How to pronounce perform (audio)

English Language Learners 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

perform

verb
per·​form | \ pər-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce perform (audio) \
performed; performing

Kids Definition of perform

1 : to carry out : do Anyone can perform this task.
2 : to do something needing special skill The doctor had to perform surgery.
3 : to give a public presentation for entertainment

Other Words from perform

performer noun
per·​form

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

intransitive verb

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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