verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- 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
v.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.