- 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.
- 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 performance.
- (of loans, investments, etc.) to yield a profit; earn income.
Origin of perform
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Examples from the Web for performer
Before I had never been thinking, “How can I include this performer and leave that one out?”Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
And yet, regardless of what side of the industry a performer is on, they think their way is safest.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
The performer taking to the stage to see just how many times he can use these “forbidden words” in a bit and get away with it.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
He breaks down the divide between himself, as performer, and the fan, as spectator.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
FDR was a performer whose artistry was the portrayal of easy authority.FDR: King of All Media
September 2, 2014
Then the entire audience shouted one name, demanded one performer only.A Nest of Spies
That you are, and a performer far more wonderful than Marsyas.Symposium
When the performer lifts his head he ceases counting, so does the confederate.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
There was never any difficulty in starting the performer off.Victory
The listener feels as if he were a performer; the performer is an enraptured listener.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
- to carry out or do (an action)
- (tr) to fulfil or comply withto perform someone's request
- to present or enact (a play, concert, etc) before or otherwise entertain an audiencethe group performed Hamlet
- (intr) informal to accomplish sexual intercoursehe performed well
Word Origin and History for performer
1580s, agent noun from perform (v.). Theatrical sense is from 1711.
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.