verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- perforating wound,
- perforation gauge,
- performance appraisal,
- performance art,
- performance bond,
- performance indicator
Origin of perform
Examples from the Web for perform
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I felt very free there to sort of, you know, perform…not just doing guys and dolls and stuff.
Daniels, 28, was allegedly the first to force “Jane Doe” to perform sexual acts on johns.
It was through this work that Bensoussan discovered there was a demand for ministers to perform weddings at jails and prisons.
He has only turned down a few weddings, claiming to perform around 80 percent of the prison marriages in the Los Angeles area.
Unjustified refusal to perform the marital duty for at least one year.Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World|Hyacinthe Ringrose
He altogether doubted his own powers to perform satisfactorily the task before him.An Eye for an Eye|Anthony Trollope
We tell the child to perform a certain action toward which his own feeling and thought have made no stir whatever.Concerning Children|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Moreover, the ability to perform miracles is but a function of spirituality.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Many mules 25 years old, and now in this country, perform well.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
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.