- 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 performing
We might even see data that suggest the program is performing efficiently.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
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December 23, 2014
The circus is now performing 18 shows around the world, with eight performances in Las Vegas alone each night.A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil
December 1, 2014
So, Cosby allegedly had her travel to Lake Tahoe, where he was performing.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
YouTube videos of Masters performing such rituals can be found here, here and here.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
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We laughed hard, harder even than those nameless, faceless laughers in whatever mysterious locale Bill Cosby was performing.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
In performing the duties of my office, I need the help and prayers of every one of you.
In performing their funerals, they show no state or vainglory.Tacitus on Germany
She replied, "We cannot hinder her performing her devotions."The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
She was performing incantations to the four winds of heaven.
We had gone through a few “feats”—Spencer lifting and performing with 56lb.Adventures and Recollections
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- (of an animal) trained to perform tricks before an audience, as in a circus
- 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 performing
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.