Definitions for: Perform


[v] to act or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"
[v] give a performance (of something); "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"
[v] perform a function; "Who will perform the wedding?"
[v] get (something) done; "I did my job"



Webster (1913) Definition: Per*form", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Performed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Performing.] [OE. performen, parfourmen, parfournen,
OF. parfornir, parfournir, to finish, complete; OF. & F. par
(see Par) + fournir to finish, complete. The word has been
influenced by form; cf. L. performare to form thoroughly. See
Furnish.]
1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to
accomplish; to execute; to do.

I will cry unto God most high, unto God that
performeth all things for me. --Ps. lvii. 2.

Great force to perform what they did attempt. --Sir
P. Sidney.

2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a
duty; to perform a promise or a vow.

To perform your father's will. --Shak.

3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama.

Perform a part thou hast not done before. --Shak.

Syn: To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute;
discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See
Accomplish.


Per*form", v. i.
To do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self
in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to
act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players
perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ.

Synonyms: do, do, execute

See Also: accomplish, act, act, ad-lib, appear, audition, barnstorm, blaze away, carry, carry out, carry through, churn out, click off, concertise, concertize, conduct, cut, cut corners, debut, declaim, direct, do one's best, execute, extemporise, extemporize, fulfil, fulfill, give, give one's best, go all out, improvise, improvize, interlude, interpret, lead, make, misdo, move, officiate, pipe up, play, play out, playact, ply, practice, practise, premier, premiere, rap, recite, re-create, rehearse, render, roleplay, scamp, serenade, sightread, sight-read, star, stunt, try out, turn, underachieve, underperform, underperform

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