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[ per-fawr-muhns ]


  1. a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.
  2. the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.
  3. the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.
  4. a particular action, deed, or proceeding.
  5. an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind:

    His temper tantrum was quite a performance.

  6. the act of performing.
  7. the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
  8. Linguistics. the actual use of language in real situations, which may or may not fully reflect a speaker's competence, being subject to such nonlinguistic factors as inattention, distraction, memory lapses, fatigue, or emotional state. Compare competence ( def 6 ).


/ pəˈfɔːməns /


  1. the act, process, or art of performing
  2. an artistic or dramatic production

    last night's performance was terrible

  3. manner or quality of functioning

    a machine's performance

  4. informal.
    mode of conduct or behaviour, esp when distasteful or irregular

    what did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?

  5. informal.
    any tiresome procedure

    what a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!

  6. any accomplishment
  7. linguistics (in transformational grammar) the form of the human language faculty, viewed as concretely embodied in speakers Compare competence langue parole

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Other Words From

  • misper·formance noun
  • reper·formance noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of performance1

First recorded in 1485–95; perform + -ance

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Example Sentences

So if I was able to come in there and be treated so respectfully and so beautifully that I was able to give a great performance, that’s the win.

From Ozy

The account performance report should include data from all search queries, whereas the search query report now only includes data for search queries that made it past Google’s new filters.

Thanks to that redesigned silicon, the device’s CPU performance beats out the previous iPad Air by 40% and its graphics speed is twice as fast.

From Fortune

The new iPad 8th Generation has a new A12 chip inside, which makes it 40 percent faster in terms of CPU and doubles the graphics performance.

To check your performance on user behavior metrics, use your Google Analytics and Google Search Console accounts.

He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more.

The hope was that greater transparency about performance would drive results.

Tony Shalhoub, Act One Sometimes you realize the power of a performance only when it remains in your mind many months later.

Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.

Worse still is how much of this is being made into performance.

When the days were fine, Jean in his basket assisted at the dramatic performance in the market-place.

Men's probable actions are calculated by the law of reason; but their performance is usually the result of caprice.

I thought we were in for an encore performance, but gradually the uproar died away, and by midnight all was quiet.

The promises of Bellamy and Planner were as far from fulfilment as ever; their performance as vigorous and disastrous as at first.

You may rest assured that I will spare no time or attention to promote the performance of this engine.





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