performance

noun
per·​for·​mance | \ pər-ˈfȯr-mən(t)s How to pronounce performance (audio) , pə- \

Definition of performance

1a : the execution of an action
b : something accomplished : deed, feat
2 : the fulfillment of a claim, promise, or request : implementation
3a : the action of representing a character in a play
b : a public presentation or exhibition a benefit performance
4a : the ability to perform : efficiency
b : the manner in which a mechanism performs engine performance
5 : the manner of reacting to stimuli : behavior
6 : the linguistic behavior of an individual : parole also : the ability to speak a certain language — compare competence sense 1c

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The 2021 National Blue Ribbon was awarded based either on a school’s overall academic performance or on making notable progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. al, 21 Sep. 2021 Dana Pharant, 50, a business performance coach in Ontario, Canada, has long been interested in personal development and growth. Ginny Graves, Health.com, 21 Sep. 2021 On this episode of Beaver Banter, The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Nick Daschel and Aaron Fentress discuss Oregon State’s performance against Idaho and look ahead to the USC game. oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2021 The first two years, every performance was sold out because the building was such an attraction. Sebastian Lang-lessing, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Sep. 2021 The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders, regardless of win-loss record. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Records don't show how flawless or ugly the winner's performance was or how the games are won. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 Coach Scott Satterfield raved about Cunningham's performance on Friday. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2021 There was the difficult time of being suspended for 65 games in 2013 for using performance-enhancing drugs. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of performance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Performance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/performance. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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performance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of performance

: 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

noun
per·​for·​mance | \ pər-ˈfȯr-məns How to pronounce performance (audio) \

Kids Definition of performance

1 : the carrying out of an action He's in the performance of his duty.
2 : a public entertainment We attended a symphony performance.

performance

noun
per·​for·​mance

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 contractChady 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 performanceCasa 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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