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

More recently, the band performed at the 2017 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Want to see Weezer for free? You can do that at UAB," 16 Sep. 2019 There is no evidence that any abortions were performed at the private residence, the Will County (Ill.) Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Fox News, "Abortion doctor's family finds remains of more than 2,200 fetuses at his home after his death: reports," 15 Sep. 2019 Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison (Netflix) Los Tigres del Norte performs at Folsom Prison in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s iconic concert. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "This Weekend’s Best TV: ‘Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin”," 15 Sep. 2019 Former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson had a mini reunion this weekend as the singers both performed individually at the Coca-Cola Music Experience Festival in Madrid. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson Together Again in Madrid — and Give Shout-Out to Niall Horan," 14 Sep. 2019 The sheriff’s office said authorities found 2,246 preserved fetal remains, but there’s no evidence medical procedures were performed at the home. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 14 Sep. 2019 Rihanna reportedly passed on the opportunity to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Rihanna says don't expect her at the Super Bowl halftime show this year," 13 Sep. 2019 Senzatela, trying to gain traction for next season by performing well at the tail end of this season, allowed one run on four hits over six innings. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies get strong effort from Senzatela, defeat Cardinals again," 11 Sep. 2019 The prolific singer, songwriter and icon of the 1960s counterculture performs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Event Center in Catonsville on November 12. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "Bob Dylan the latest high-profile artist to commit to play at UMBC Event Center," 11 Sep. 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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