perform meaning

[ pə'fɔ:m ] Pronunciation:   "perform" in a sentence
  • Verb: perform  pur'form
    1. Carry out or perform an action
      - execute, do 
    2. Perform a function
      "Who will perform the wedding?" 
    3. Give a performance (of something)
      "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera" 
    4. Get (something) done
      - do

    Derived forms: performs, performing, performed

    See also: performance, performer, performing

    Type of: accomplish, act, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil [Brit, Cdn], fulfill [N. Amer], move, re-create

    Encyclopedia: Perform

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb

    1 [+ obj]

    to do sth, such as a piece of work, task or duty:

    She performs an important role in our organization.

    A computer can perform many tasks at once.

    2 [no obj] perform well/badly/poorly

    to produce a profit or loss:

    The company has been performing badly in recent years.

    Britain's best-performing fund is to get a new manager.

    3 [no obj] perform (well/badly/poorly)

    to do sth, work or function well, badly or as expected:

    The Chinese economy has been performing well.

    Poorly performing management teams will be replaced.

    It is supposed to be a high-growth business, but so far it has failed to perform.

  • [Computer]
    <programming> A COBOL statement used for executing "paragraphs".


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  1. when should he perform this crime?
  2. this kind of machine performs satisfactorily.
  3. those who perform deeds of merit shall be rewarded.
  4. it delighted him to perform menial offices.
  5. she performs the songs with style and flair.

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