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[per-fawrm] /pərˈfɔrm/

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.
to complete.
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.
(of an animal) trained to perform tricks before an audience, as in a circus
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+)


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