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

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 Minneapolis rapper Nur-D will perform at the Thursday morning opening ceremony and host a concert that evening. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Aug. 2022 Goodie Mob will perform at Orion Amphitheater, address 701 Amphitheater Drive N.W. in Huntsville, on Sept. 30. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 2 Aug. 2022 The Chicks will perform Friday, August 5, at Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 Upper Ridge Road, West Valley City. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2022 Ballet in Tremont: Shaker Heights’ Verb Ballets will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Tremont’s Lincoln Park, 1200 Starkweather Ave. cleveland, 29 July 2022 During his tour, which includes 35 dates in more than 10 countries, Tiago will perform songs from his freshman studio album, which took him roughly two years to create. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 28 July 2022 Starting on Wednesday, August 3 through Sunday, September 11, the touring cast will perform Hamilton at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre. oregonlive, 28 July 2022 Melissa Errico will perform at 54 Below in New York, Aug. 4-6. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Entertainment acts, including DJ TiziB, Bi-okoto, IJO UGO and Revolution Dance Theatre, will perform at this year's event. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 26 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perform. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for perform

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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