perform [per-fawrm] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin 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.
Origin of perform 1250–1300; Middle English parformen Anglo-French parformer, alteration (by association with forme form) of Middle French, Old French parfournir to accomplish. See per-, furnish Related formsper·form·a·ble, adjectiveper·form·er, nounmis·per·form, verbo·ver·per·form, verbre·per·form, verb (used with object)self-per·formed, adjectiveun·per·form·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·formed, adjectiveun·per·form·ing, adjectivewell-per·formed, adjectiveSynonym study 1. Perform, discharge, execute, transact mean to carry to completion a prescribed course of action. Perform is the general word, often applied to ordinary activity as a more formal expression than do, but usually implying regular, methodical, or prolonged application or work: to perform an exacting task. Discharge implies carrying out an obligation, often a formal or legal one: to discharge one’s duties as a citizen. Execute means either to carry out an order or to carry through a plan or program: to execute a maneuver. Transact, meaning to conduct or manage, has commercial connotations: to transact business. Synonyms for perform 3. accomplish, achieve, effect. Examples from the Web for well-performed Historical Examples of well-performed
Cf. Bhagavad Gt: “Better one’s own dharma, however ill-performed, than others’ dharma, well-performed tho’ it be.”
Frank Lee Woodward
It may therefore be made correct by being subjected to the conditions of a well-performed process of sampling.
Charles V. Langlois
British Dictionary definitions for well-performed perform verb
- 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
Derived Formsperformable, adjectiveperformer, nounWord Origin for perform C14: from Anglo-Norman perfourmer (influenced by forme form), from Old French parfournir, from par- per- + fournir to provide; see furnish Word Origin and History for well-performed perform 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.