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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And that’s important, because alignment is a key pillar for any high-performing organization. Doug Claffey, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2019: How to harness technology to help your workplace culture," 8 June 2019 The dancer stuck by the beer was Cooper's wife, Sheryl, who's performed with him onstage for decades. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Shock rocker Alice Cooper returning to Alabama for concerts," 7 June 2019 Hunter also performed in nightclubs; wrote dining and entertainment columns for the Glendale News-Press; co-founded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and the California Restaurant Writers Association; and hosted a local cable variety show. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gregg Hunter, Longtime Radio Host in Los Angeles, Dies at 87," 7 June 2019 On June 13, Code Red performs dancable, classic rock from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and then hear Petty Coat Junction pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on June 20. Kerry Plummer, baltimoresun.com, "Get ready to rock at Turf Valley Towne Square," 7 June 2019 Gravenhorst performs in character as Eugene O’Neill examining how the tragic events of Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s life helped him transform American theater. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "San Jose’s Japantown named one of the friendliest neighborhoods in the nation," 6 June 2019 Malik performed an early version with three characters at the Fillet of Solo Festival in 2008. Dallas News, "Making its Texas debut, Rohina Malik's one-woman show pulls the veil off Muslim stereotypes," 6 June 2019 Last year, the destination had its highest-performing summer in the town’s tourism history, according to the Park City Chamber/Convention and Visitor Bureau, likely due to its increased summer offerings in the last few years. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Ski resorts are expanding summer activities; here are 7 that are year-round destinations," 5 June 2019 The founders, Autavia Bailey and Tamara Marrow, are professional dancers who have toured and performed with the likes of Sean Paul, Rihanna and Diddy. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Tired Of The Gym? Unique Dance Fitness Classes Near You," 4 June 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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