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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from perform

performability \ pər-​ˌfȯr-​mə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce perform (audio) , pə-​ \ noun
performable \ pər-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce perform (audio) , pə-​ \ adjective
performer \ pər-​ˈfȯr-​mər How to pronounce perform (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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Norton Thoracic Institute was the third lung transplant program in the country to perform a lung transplant as a result of lung damage from COVID-19, and Blake’s case is Norton’s fourth post-COVID-19 lung transplant. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Oklahoma firefighter survives fight with COVID-19, lung transplant in Phoenix hospital," 27 Feb. 2021 This is worthwhile mentioning because any problems associated with the autonomous driving capabilities could readily undermine the capability of the AI driving system to perform this particular driving task. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Convincing A Self-Driving Car To Go Where You Want It To Go When It Won’t Go There," 27 Feb. 2021 Verily, through its Project Baseline initiative, contracted with other companies to perform tests and process results. Washington Post, "Verily’s covid-testing partnership with California is over," 26 Feb. 2021 Three silent-film cowboys come to Mexico to perform but instead are expected to save a town. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Two violinists were picked to perform for Jackson and her neighbors. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "End of Shingle Mountain in Southeast Dallas brings music to residents’ ears," 26 Feb. 2021 The report also highlighted the FAA’s policy of relying on aircraft manufacturers’ employees to perform key safety assessments. David Koenig, USA TODAY, "Transportation Department’s inspector general blasts FAA over certification of Boeing 737 Max," 25 Feb. 2021 Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Evermore Park and its owner, Ken Bretschneider, have never had permission or license for its employees to perform any of Swift’s songs. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Taylor Swift files countersuit against Evermore Park alleging illegal performance of her songs," 25 Feb. 2021 The report also highlighted the FAA’s policy of relying on aircraft manufacturers’ employees to perform key safety assessments. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "Inspector general’s Boeing 737 Max probe names 14 things that must be done to restore faith in FAA, air safety," 25 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perform.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about perform

Time Traveler for perform

Time Traveler

The first known use of perform was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for perform

Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Perform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perform. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for perform

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on perform

What made you want to look up perform? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!