performance meaning

[ pə'fɔ:məns ] Pronunciation:   "performance" in a sentence
  • Noun: performance  pur'formuns
    1. A dramatic or musical entertainment
      "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"
      - public presentation 
    2. The act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
      "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto" 
    3. The act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
      "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"
      - execution, carrying out, carrying into action 
    4. Any recognized accomplishment
      "they admired his performance under stress"; "when Roger Maris powered four home runs in one game his performance merits awe" 
    5. Process or manner of functioning or operating
      "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"
      - operation, functioning

    Derived forms: performances

    See also: perform

    Type of: accomplishment, achievement, action, demonstration, physical process, presentation, presentment, process, show

    Encyclopedia: Performance

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun


    1 [C,U]

    how far a company or an investment makes a profit:

    The group reported a strong performance

    (= a good profit) in its pharmaceuticals division.

    He criticized the recent poor performance of the company.

    a good/solid/strong performance

    ◆ a bad/disappointing/flat/poor/weak performance

    business/financial/operating/sales/trading performance

    ◆ to boost/improve/measure performance

    2 [C,U]

    how well or badly you do sth; how well or badly sth works:

    an assessment of your performance

    The new management techniques aim to improve performance.

    There is widespread dissatisfaction with the government's economic performance.

    bad/good/impressive/satisfactory performance

    ◆ to evaluate/improve/measure performance

    3 (formal) [U; sing.]

    the act or process of performing a task, an action, etc:

    She has shown enthusiasm in the performance of her duties.

  • [Economics]
    The difference between a benchmark and the actual return on a portfolio.

  • [Finance]
    Also known as performance-accelerated restricted stock ("PARS") and time-accelerated restricted stock award plans ("TARSAPs"). Grants of restricted stock or restricted stock units which may vest early upon attainment of specified performance objectives. Otherwise, a time-vesting schedule would remain in effect.

  • [Law]
    The fulfillment or accomplishment of a promise, contract, or obligation.


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  1. her performance was cheered to the echo.
  2. his prison performance was about to begin.
  3. rewards should be according to performance.
  4. he is starting performance in the provinces.
  5. i'd play stooge to him in the performance.

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