Verb perform Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


perform (third-person singular simple present performs, present participle performing, simple past and past participle performed)

  1. To do something; to execute.
  2. To do something in front of an audience, often in order to entertain it.

More definition: carry out; execute; do, to perform miracles. go through or execute in the proper, customary, or established manner, to perform the marriage ceremony. carry into effect; fulfill, Perform what you promise. act (a play, part, etc.), as on the stage, in movies, or on television. render (music), as by playing or singing. accomplish (any action involving skill or ability), as before an audience, to perform a juggling act. complete. fulfill a command, promise, or undertaking. execute or do something. act in a play, to perform in the role of Romeo.1 perform music. 1 go through any performance. 1

3.(of loans, investments, etc.) to yield a profit; earn income.

1. to carry out or do (an action)

2. (transitive) to fulfil or comply with, to perform someone's request

3. to present or enact (a play, concert, etc) before or otherwise entertain an audience, the group performed Hamlet

4. (intransitive) (informal) to accomplish sexual intercourse, he performed well Derived Formsperformable, adjectiveperformer, noun Word OriginC14, from Anglo-Norman perfourmer (influenced by formeform), from Old French parfournir, from par-per- + fournir to provide; see furnishCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


Quinn burst past us, anxious to perform what tasks were necessitated by the deadline that signaled the termination of his experiments.

He needed a written map to perform simple chores like finding a grocery store or getting around Boston.

The world is becoming a more dangerous place for you, and I'd hoped we could wait until the winter solstice to perform the rite.

"We can't perform the rite without them?" she asked.

I don't know, but it seems to me that his ability to perform may be something that makes him feel like himself.

Fred joined Dean in the dining room, taking up the duty of chatting with the guests, a task Dean was not yet ready to perform after a less-than-complete night's sleep.

Though he knew he should stay and perform his role as warlord, no part of him was willing.

In all green plants which have a special protective epidermis, the cortex of the shoot has to perform the primitive fundamental function of carbon assimilation.

He was never instituted or inducted to the living of Leyton, but in 1674 he was licensed by the bishop of London to preach and expound the word of God, and to perform the full office of priest and curate while it was vacant, and until his death he received the profits of it.

So first there was to be a grand procession through the streets, after which the little old man was requested to perform some of his wizardries in the great Throne Room of the palace.

"Because, since these other slaves do everything, there is nothing left for me to perform," said Aesop.

Robots can perform thousands of operations flawlessly every minute.

For computations, we developed processes that required us to perform many intermediate, error-prone steps to achieve an answer.

Our good and wonderful sovereign has to perform the noblest role on earth, and he is so virtuous and noble that God will not forsake him.

He felt that at a single word from that man all this vast mass (and he himself an insignificant atom in it) would go through fire and water, commit crime, die, or perform deeds of highest heroism, and so he could not but tremble and his heart stand still at the imminence of that word.

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