- 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 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’
January 4, 2015
I felt very free there to sort of, you know, perform…not just doing guys and dolls and stuff.The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
Daniels, 28, was allegedly the first to force “Jane Doe” to perform sexual acts on johns.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
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.
It does not often fall to the lot of a boy to perform a deed so heroic.Brave and Bold
Those Westerners perform quite in that manner, I assure you.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She had her duty to perform, and she expected to be taken care of till it was done.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
If we would promise we must put ourselves in a position to perform our promise.
But thus it always is with persons who are destined to perform great things.The Three Golden Apples
- 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 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.