Definitions for Performpərˈfɔrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to carry out; execute; do:

    to perform surgery.

  2. to execute in the proper, customary, or established manner:

    to perform a marriage ceremony.

  3. to carry into effect; fulfill:

    to perform a contract.

  4. to act (a play, part, etc.), as on the stage.

    Category: Showbiz

  5. to render (music), as by playing or singing.

    Category: Showbiz, Music and Dance

  6. to accomplish (an action involving skill or ability), as before an audience.

  7. (v.i.)to execute or do something; function.

  8. to carry out or fulfill a command, promise, or contract.

  9. to give a performance, esp. before an audience.

    Category: Showbiz, Music and Dance, Common Vocabulary

  10. to engage in the performing arts, esp. professionally.

    Category: Showbiz

Origin of perform:

1250–1300; ME parformen < AF parformer, alter. (by assoc. with formeform ) of MF, OF parfournir to accomplish


Princeton's WordNet

  1. perform, execute, do(verb)

    carry out or perform an action

    "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"

  2. perform(verb)

    perform a function

    "Who will perform the wedding?"

  3. perform(verb)

    give a performance (of something)

    "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"

  4. do, perform(verb)

    get (something) done

    "I did my job"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. perform(verb)ərˈfɔrm

    to act, sing, dance etc. for an audience

    The band has been invited to perform in China.; He's here to perform his new song.

  2. performərˈfɔrm

    to do a piece of work or duty; = carry out

    The doctors performed the operation immediately.; We're performing a market analysis.


  1. perform(Verb)

    To do something; to execute.

  2. perform(Verb)

    To do something in front of an audience, often in order to entertain it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perform(verb)

    to carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do

  2. Perform(verb)

    to discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a vow

  3. Perform(verb)

    to represent; to act; to play; as in drama

  4. Perform(verb)

    to do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ


  1. PerForm

    PerForm and PerForm PRO were electronic form programs, initially designed to work under GEM in DOS. Later versions were designed to work in Windows 3.1, at which point it was succeeded by FormFlow. The initial version of PerForm was created in 1988 and was the first product released by Canadian software firm Delrina, which became best known for its later fax software program, WinFax. The electronic forms division of Delrina was sold to JetForm in 1996. JetForm in turn was bought by Adobe, and the electronic forms products were officially discontinued in 2004.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Perform' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3139

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Perform' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4276

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Perform' in Verbs Frequency: #251

Anagrams of Perform

  1. preform

Translations for Perform

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to do, especially with care or as a duty

The doctor performed the operation.

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