per·​form·​ing pər-ˈfȯr-miŋ How to pronounce performing (audio)
: 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 Your business trips, beach weddings, and cruise outings will never quite be the same with this highly performing pair of pants in your wardrobe. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2023 Three of the six D.C. Circulator routes would be eliminated under Bowser’s plan, including the second-best performing route, which connects Woodley Park to downtown and serves low-income workers in Latino neighborhoods in Ward 1. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2023 Stein was himself inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 as a non-performing Lifetime Achievement honoree. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2023 Nobody wants to fall out of the Stakhanovite society of hyper-performing top talents. Bogdan Costea, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2023 The specifics of the rule changes are expected to be posted on later in the day, but sources tell Variety that the Songwriter category is limited to non-performing and non-producing songwriters, i.e. those who are credited solely as a writer or co-writer. Jem Aswad, Variety, 9 June 2022 Indian banks have managed to bring down non-performing loans (NPA) in two years, but their wilful defaults rose by 38.5%, or $11.4 billion. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 15 Mar. 2023 This category recognizes the written excellence, profession and art of songwriting for non-performing and non-producing songwriters. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 21 June 2022 Like most performing and visual arts institutions, the center was hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily Southtown,, 29 July 2021 See More

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Word History


from present participle of perform

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of performing was in 1713

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“Performing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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