a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.
the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.
the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.
a particular action, deed, or proceeding.
an action or proceeding of an unusual or spectacular kind: His temper tantrum was quite a performance.
the act of performing.
the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
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).
Origin of performance
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the act, process, or art of performing
an artistic or dramatic productionlast night's performance was terrible
manner or quality of functioninga machine's performance
informal mode of conduct or behaviour, esp when distasteful or irregularwhat did you mean by that performance at the restaurant?
informal any tiresome procedurewhat a performance dressing the children to play in the snow!
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