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 House Bill 598, introduced by Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, would punish doctors who perform abortions if the decision gets overturned. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 Clinics that perform abortions have sometimes been targeted by vandals, too, including as recently as January when a Planned Parenthood clinic in Tennessee was hit by arson. Scott Bauer, ajc, 9 May 2022 Spencer, who would perform the National Anthem the next day at the 148th Run for the Roses, glowed in a vintage green dress. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2022 Some states lay out how courts are supposed to weigh defenses by doctors who perform them out of medical necessity. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Acts announced Monday for Summerfest’s other stages include Stone Temple Pilots, who will perform at the BMO Harris Pavilion July 1. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 The facility is designed for patients seeking medication abortions or other reproductive-health care, from contraception and pelvic exams to S.T.I. treatment, clearing space in other clinics that perform surgical abortions. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 7 May 2022 Some states will make criminals of doctors and other health care providers who perform abortions. The Editors, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 Like many free events, PorchFest is made possible and the artists who perform there get paid thanks to sponsors, which are listed on the festival’s website. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 5 May 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 21 May. 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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