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

Stroud finds a spot to listen near the Cincinnati Men's Choir, which is performing the song. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "How moving a man and his store out of OTR proved worthy of song," 17 Sep. 2019 Giesler tried performing the test with simulated data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes," 17 Sep. 2019 But instead of performing those feats for the New York Giants, Beckham did them for his new team, the Browns. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019 To assess how this specialization affects the brain, Dempsey-Jones and her colleagues performed functional MRI scans on both artists. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Inside the Brains of Artists Who Paint With Their Feet," 17 Sep. 2019 After that first detention, Bello became an even more vocal critic of immigration policies, speaking and performing at rallies and school events. Los Angeles Times, "An immigrant poet and activist faced deportation by ICE. Then two NFL players bailed him out," 16 Sep. 2019 The tricks that mentalists perform, including mind-reading, don't really vary that much from performer to performer. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Derren Brown: Secret': Theater Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Tracking how former Oregon Ducks players and signees performed during Week 3 of the 2019 season: Khalil Oliver, S Missouri: 2 tackles with a sack in 50-0 win over SEMO. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "How Oregon transfers, former signees fared in Week 3," 16 Sep. 2019 Lo and behold, the system began performing as advertised. Wired, "Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis," 16 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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