Definition of performance
2 : the fulfillment of a claim, promise, or request : implementation
3a : the action of representing a character in a playb : a public presentation or exhibition a benefit performance
5 : the manner of reacting to stimuli : behavior
Examples of performance in a Sentence
This evening's performance will start at 8 o'clock.
The hall is usually used for orchestra performances.
The critics loved her performance as the villain.
A supervisor will evaluate each employee's performance.
employees with strong job performances
Employees are given an annual performance assessment.
The gas additive improves engine performance.
an increased level of performance
We've introduced new performance levels.
Recent Examples of performance from the Web
The 10 can’t-miss performances Most music festivals don’t have a great track record with women.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to hear performances by the School of Rock House Band and a Tom Petty tribute band for free at 7:30 p.m. Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.
But not many blockbusters would let its male star weep at a musical performance.
Former President Nelson Mandela on Saturday thanked the Springboks for their outstanding performance in France and for bringing the trophy home to South Africa.
Bradley thrilled the crowd at Bunbury last year with his high-energy performance with his band, the Extraordinaires.
Lana Del Rey’s next performance probably won’t feature her wrapped in an American flag or show one billowing in the wind.
McClure, who plays Nick, the more frazzled and driven of the duo, gives one of the funniest performances in recent memory.
The next line to be delivered at this evening’s performance by a hapless but passionate Eastern European theater troupe promises to be heart-stopping.
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First Known Use of performance
PERFORMANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of performance for English Language Learners
: an activity (such as singing a song or acting in a play) that a person or group does to entertain an audience
: the way an actor performs a part in a play, movie, etc.
: the act of doing a job, an activity, etc.
PERFORMANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of performance for Students
1 : the carrying out of an action He's in the performance of his duty.
2 : a public entertainment We attended a symphony performance.
Legal Definition of performance
1 : work done in employment unsatisfactory performance
2a : what is required to be performed in fulfillment of a contract, promise, or obligation substituted a new performance in novation of the contract b : the fulfillment of a contract, promise, or obligation part performance 1 : partial performance of a contract, promise, or obligation 2 : a doctrine which provides an exception to the Statute of Frauds requirement that a contract be in writing by treating partial performance and the acceptance of it by the other party as evidence of an enforceable contract — compare partial breach at breach specific performance 1 : the complete or exact fulfillment of the terms of a contract, promise, or obligation 2 : an equitable remedy that requires a party to fulfill the exact terms of a contract, promise, obligation, or decree mandating a remedy and that is used when legal remedies (as damages) are inadequate the common law prohibition against specific performance as a remedy for alleged breach of employment contract — Chady v. Solomon Schechter Day Schs., 645 N.E.2d 983 (1995) — compare injunction substantial performance 1 : performance of the essential terms of a contract, promise, or obligation a contractor is not entitled to a lien in the absence of substantial performance — Casa Linda Tile & Marble Installers, Inc. v. Highlands Place 1981 Ltd., 642 So. 2d 766 (1994) 2 : a doctrine which permits a party (as a builder) that acted in good faith to recover from the other party to a contract for a performance that departs in minor respects from what was promised — compare material breach at breach
3 : a public rendition or presentation of an artistic work
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