per·​form·​ing | \ pər-ˈfȯr-miŋ How to pronounce performing (audio) , pə- \

Definition of performing

: of, relating to, or constituting an art (such as drama) that involves public performance the performing arts

Examples of performing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like most performing and visual arts institutions, the center was hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily Southtown,, 29 July 2021 Major performing and visual arts institutions had already begun to shutter. Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2021 Performance: Stillness in Motion performance Vol lll, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Live performance bridging the gap between the visual and performing arts crafted from the artwork & stories of the artists in each exhibit., 11 Dec. 2019 Cleveland without Playhouse Square – the largest unified performing arts complex in the U.S. after Lincoln Center in New York – would be unthinkable. Steven Litt, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2019 The few artists who have spoken out have seen their economic and performing prospects in mainland China annihilated overnight. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2019 The Friends are a nonprofit fundraising arm for the historic performing arts venue in downtown Campbell. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 20 Sep. 2019 Slated to span 60,000 square feet and rise three stories, the museum will also include a performing arts space, a learning center and a demo kitchen. Lila Seidman,, 4 June 2019 This Rogers Park fest highlights the neighborhood’s thriving visual and performing arts hub. Web Behrens,, 11 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of performing

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Performing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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