perform [per-fawrm] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)

  1. to carry out; execute; do: to perform miracles.
  2. to go through or execute in the proper, customary, or established manner: to perform the marriage ceremony.
  3. to carry into effect; fulfill: Perform what you promise.
  4. to act (a play, part, etc.), as on the stage, in movies, or on television.
  5. to render (music), as by playing or singing.
  6. to accomplish (any action involving skill or ability), as before an audience: to perform a juggling act.
  7. to complete.

verb (used without object)

  1. to fulfill a command, promise, or undertaking.
  2. to execute or do something.
  3. to act in a play: to perform in the role of Romeo.
  4. to perform music.
  5. to go through any performance.
  6. (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.”

    The Buddha’s Path of Virtue

    Frank Lee Woodward

  • It may therefore be made correct by being subjected to the conditions of a well-performed process of sampling.

    Introduction to the Study of History

    Charles V. Langlois

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-performed perform verb

    1. to carry out or do (an action)
    2. (tr) to fulfil or comply withto perform someone’s request
    3. to present or enact (a play, concert, etc) before or otherwise entertain an audiencethe group performed Hamlet
    4. (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.

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