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perform

verb

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1 to carry through (as a process) to completion
  • she performed the task quickly and expertly

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2 to have a certain purpose
  • the kidneys perform as a filtering system for the blood

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3 to present a portrayal or performance of
  • has always dreamed of performing Hamlet on stage

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4 to produce a desired effect
  • the new medication performed surprisingly well

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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

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

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“Perform.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/perform. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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