verb (used with object)
to carry out; execute; do:
to perform miracles.
to go through or execute in the proper, customary, or established manner:
to perform the marriage ceremony.
to carry into effect; fulfill:
Perform what you promise.
to act (a play, part, etc.), as on the stage, in movies, or on television.
to render (music), as by playing or singing.
to accomplish (any action involving skill or ability), as before an audience:
to perform a juggling act.
verb (used without object)
to fulfill a command, promise, or undertaking.
to execute or do something.
to act in a play:
to perform in the role of Romeo.
to perform music.
to go through any .
(of loans, investments, etc.) to yield a profit; earn income.
to carry out or do (an action)
(transitive) to fulfil or comply with: to perform someone’s request
to present or enact (a play, concert, etc) before or otherwise entertain an audience: the group performed Hamlet
(intransitive) (informal) to accomplish sexual intercourse: he performed well
c.1300, “carry into effect, fulfill, discharge,” via Anglo-French performer, altered (by influence of Old French forme “form”) from Old French parfornir “to do, carry out, finish, accomplish,” from par- “completely” (see per-) + fornir “to provide” (see furnish).
Theatrical/musical sense is from c.1600. The verb was used with wider senses in Middle English than now, including “to make, construct; produce, bring about;” also “come true” (of dreams), and to performen muche time was “to live long.” Related: Performed; performing.
To do a sex act; function sexually: She didn’t love him, but liked the way he performed (1916+)
- Performance appraisal
noun 1. the assessment, at regular intervals, of an employee’s performance at work
- Performance anxiety
noun a state or condition of nervousness or fear which prevents or adversely affects the activity being attempted; also called stage fright Examples It may increase couples’ performance anxiety. Word Origin 1960 Usage Note often refers to sex
noun 1. a collaborative art form originating in the 1970s as a fusion of several artistic media, as painting, film, video, music, drama, and dance, and deriving in part from the 1960s performance happenings. noun 1. a theatrical presentation that incorporates various art forms, such as dance, sculpture, music, etc
noun 1. . noun 1. a bond given by a bank to a third party guaranteeing that if a specified customer fails to fulfil all the terms of a specified contract, the bank will be responsible for any loss sustained by the third party