verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of perform
Synonyms for perform
Examples from the Web for overperform
Contemporary Examples of overperform
In a low-turnout midterm election next year, the more motivated side could overperform.Battle for the GOP's Soul
November 2, 2009
Word Origin for perform
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.