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Definition of "perform" []

  • To begin and carry through to completion; do: The surgeon performed the operation. (verb-transitive)
  • To take action in accordance with the requirements of; fulfill: perform one's contractual obligations. (verb-transitive)
  • To enact (a feat or role) before an audience. (verb-transitive)
  • To give a public presentation of; present: My theater group performed a three-act play. (verb-transitive)
  • To carry on; function: a car that performs well on curves. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perform" in a sentence
  • "Getting up early is one of the intelligent daily practices that Leaders Without a Title perform with acute consistency."
  • "They spent the fall touring behind their election-themed single "All Good Reasons" and were asked to play the Obama campaign official pre-debate rally in New York; it's not often a band of 20-somethings without a label perform on a main stage sandwiched between sets by"
  • "I constantly make the argument on my blog that almost all work we now perform is unnecessary, but it never occurred to me, until that discussion, that this also means there a few consequences to a withdrawal from work entirely."