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

They were also ordered to perform community service and undergo mental-health assessment counseling. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "New Hampshire high school football players suspended in duck attack caught on video," 15 Sep. 2019 No evidence indicates that medical procedures were performed at Klopfer’s home, and his family is cooperating with the investigation, the sheriff’s office said. Washington Post, "More than 2,000 preserved fetal remains found in Illinois in deceased abortion provider’s home," 15 Sep. 2019 Take a look at all who performed and supported their dear friend for a worthy cause benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation. Natasha Hatendi, Essence, "Inside Rihanna's 5th Annual Diamond Ball Star-Studded Performances," 14 Sep. 2019 Klopfer performed abortions in Indiana and had clinics in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Gary, according to NBC News affiliate WNDU of South Bend, Indiana. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Thousands of fetal remains found at Illinois property that belonged to abortion doctor," 14 Sep. 2019 Over 20 days the doctors there perform 890 operations and receive more than 6,000 wounded. J.w., The Economist, "“For Sama” is a love letter to Aleppo and its people," 12 Sep. 2019 Soldi’ was performed in public for the first time at Sanremo and instantly became a hit. Julia Webster, Time, "This Italian-Egyptian Singer Was Attacked By Populist Politicians. His Groundbreaking Success Is Silencing Critics," 11 Sep. 2019 Akakabota performed the Chopin Waltz in D flat there in February and earned the opportunity to play in Japan. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole swimmer Stephanie Akakabota fine-tunes strokes in pool after playing Carnegie Hall," 10 Sep. 2019 Gospel music star Yolanda Adams (who Rhone worked with in her days at Elektra Records) will also perform and former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder will present at the annual event on Oct. 10 in Santa Monica. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Alicia Keys & Sara Bareilles to Perform Duet at 2019 City of Hope Gala Honoring Sylvia Rhone," 6 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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