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.
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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