- Perform is defined as to complete something, to meet the requirements or to act in a show.
- An example of perform is for a doctor to do surgery.
- An example of perform is for a person to fulfill a promise.
- An example of perform is for an actor to play a role in a musical.
A medical team performs surgery.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to act on so as to accomplish or bring to completion; execute; carry out (a task, process, etc.)
- to carry out; meet the requirements of; fulfill (a promise, command, etc.)
- to give a performance of; render or enact (a piece of music, a dramatic role, etc.)
Origin: Middle English performen from Anglo-French parformer, altered (infl. by forme, form) from Old French parfournir, to perform, consummate from par (from Classical Latin per-, intensive ) plush fornir, to accomplish, furnish
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verb per·formed, per·form·ing, per·forms verb, transitive
- To begin and carry through to completion; do: The surgeon performed the operation.
- To take action in accordance with the requirements of; fulfill: perform one's contractual obligations.
- a. To enact (a feat or role) before an audience.b. To give a public presentation of; present: My theater group performed a three-act play.
- To carry on; function: a car that performs well on curves.
- To fulfill an obligation or requirement; accomplish something as promised or expected.
- To portray a role or demonstrate a skill before an audience: The juggler performed atop a unicycle.
- To present a dramatic or musical work or other entertainment before an audience.
Origin: Middle English performen, from Anglo-Norman performer, from Old French parfornir : par-, intensive pref. (from Latin per-, per-) + fournir, to furnish; see furnish.
- per·formˈa·ble adjective
- per·formˈer noun