What does perform mean?

Definitions for perform

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word perform.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. perform, execute, doverb

    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. performverb

    perform a function

    "Who will perform the wedding?"

  3. performverb

    give a performance (of something)

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

  4. do, performverb

    get (something) done

    "I did my job"


  1. performverb

    To do something; to execute.

  2. performverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERFORMverb

    To execute; to do; to discharge; to atchieve an undertaking; to accomplish.

    Etymology: performare, Italian.

    All three set among the foremost ranks of fame for great minds to attempt, and great force to perform what they did attempt. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Hast thou, spirit,
    Perform’d to point the tempest that I bad thee? William Shakespeare.

    What cannot you and I perform upon
    Th’ unguarded Duncan? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I will cry unto God that performeth all things for me. Psalms lvii. 2.

    Let all things be performed after the law of God diligently. 1 Esdras viii. 21.

    Thou, my love,
    Perform his fun’rals with paternal care. Dryden.

    You perform her office in the sphere,
    Born of her blood, and make a new Platonick year. Dryd.

  2. To Performverb

    To succeed in an attempt.

    When a poet has performed admirably in several illustrious places, we sometimes also admire his very errors. Isaac Watts.


  1. perform

    A performance is an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment. It is also defined as the action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.


  1. perform

    To perform means to carry out, accomplish, or fulfill an action, task, or operation. It can also refer to presenting a form of entertainment such as a play, concert, or other artistic endeavor to an audience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Performverb

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

  2. Performverb

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

  3. Performverb

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

  4. Performverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perform

    per-form′, v.t. to do thoroughly: to carry out: to achieve: to act, as on the stage.—v.i. to do: to act a part: to play, as on a musical instrument.—adj. Perfor′mable, capable of being performed: practicable.—ns. Perfor′mance, act of performing: a carrying out of something: something done, esp. of a public character: a piece of work: an exhibition in a theatre or a place of amusement: an act or action; Perfor′mer, one who performs, esp. one who makes a public exhibition of his skill: an actor, an actress, &c.—adj. Perfor′ming, doing: trained to perform tricks. [O. Fr. parfournir, par—L. per, through, fournir, to furnish.]

Editors Contribution

  1. perform

    To do

    They performed the dance easily together.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 9, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of perform in a Sentence

  1. Michael Hermsen:

    There is no specific requirement to disclose when an executive becomes sick, unless the information is material ... such as if the executive is unable to continue to perform even if only temporarily.

  2. Varun Puri:

    The lungs in the body are performing a function, they are providing oxygen to the body and they are removing carbon dioxide, they are performing gas exchange, thus there is some degree of stress on the lungs, when they are in the box or on the circuit, there is really no function they are expected to perform.

  3. Michael Ajzenstadt:

    If we are going to look into the lives and the beliefs and doctrines of every artist around the world, I'm sure we won't be able to perform, at least here in Israel, a lot of music, i think in the 21st century, there should not be censorship, definitely not of artists, especially those who lived in Germany and tried to remain alive. Some did it because it is what they felt, some believed (in Nazi ideology), others didn't.

  4. Zhang Junran:

    Our way of training monkeys to perform was not the most educated (in the past). Especially when it came to their living conditions... But these monkeys also have lives, and they have brought us so many benefits, which have made such major changes to our lives. We must be good to our monkeys.

  5. Larry Rudolph:

    Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited, she hasn't called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn't want to perform now.

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