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
2 : carry out, do
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

Choose the Right Synonym for perform

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

Aside from the social benefits, there seem to be significant health benefits to performing, too. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "Into Their 60s and ‘Into the Woods’," 5 July 2019 Wonder will be performing a pair of concerts in London and Dublin in the coming days. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Stevie Wonder’s Close Friend Reveals He Is Suffering ‘Health Challenges’," 4 July 2019 Details The area professionals will perform four programs that have been designed thematically and cover a wide range of styles: The American Sound, July 7. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival offers free concerts in July," 4 July 2019 But performing a piece for an audience of 15,000 at a pop-music festival is quite different than doing it in a concert hall. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Opera plays its Trump card: Yes, the president is showing up in Verdi," 4 July 2019 To kick things off, this year's winner of The Voice Maelyn Jarmon will perform the National Anthem with the National Symphony Orchestra. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The 2019 'A Capitol Fourth' Concert Includes Some of America's Best Performers," 3 July 2019 On Saturday, the Louisville Orchestra will perform its fourth installment of the Harry Potter Film Concert series at the downtown performance space, transporting audiences to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Muggles and musicians: Louisville Orchestra to perform 'Harry Potter' in concert," 3 July 2019 With transfer Jordan Whittley next to his side, Oregon State’s defensive line should perform at a noticeably higher level this season. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football, top 19 players for 2019: No. 19, Elu Aydon," 3 July 2019 In observance of the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4, Ramona Disposal will not be performing residential cart collection services, and the customer service office and buyback center will be closed. Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Holiday closures, blood drive," 3 July 2019

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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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perform

verb

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

perform

transitive verb
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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