- 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 performed
She came to sound check, that was the first time we ever performed it, and it was really cool.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll
January 2, 2015
However, they both did come to the U.S. and performed around the country.
Like Edgar, he remembers a unique time when American rappers came down and performed at the Primer Festival de Rap Cubano.
Now of course this song can be performed in any key, but it sounds best in Eminor and in my experience is often sung there.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
That meant the talent that DJ Brinsely hired that night performed for a skeleton audience.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
This operation is performed by a female, with the aid of a stamp.
I believe it is the place where the rite of circumcision is performed.Explorations in Australia
This operation is performed by the aid of a punch and die fitted into a screw-press.
This process is performed by girls, with the aid of what is called a “bob” or “glazer.”
They performed their present office with integrity and judgment.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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 performed
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.