- 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.
- 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 of performMiddle 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 ) + fornir, to accomplish, furnish
verbper·formed, per·form·ing, per·forms
- 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 function or accomplish something as expected or required: a car that performs well on curves; workers not performing up to standard.
- To yield a return on investment: stocks that performed well.
- 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 of performMiddle English performen, from Anglo-Norman performer, from Old French parfornir : par-, intensive pref. (from Latin per-, per-) + fournir, to furnish; see furnish.
(third-person singular simple present performs, present participle performing, simple past and past participle performed)
- To do something; to execute.
- The scientists performed several experiments. It took him only twenty minutes to perform the task.
- To do something in front of an audience, often in order to entertain it.
- She will perform in the play. The magician performed badly - none of his tricks worked. The string quartet performed three pieces by Haydn.
From Middle English performen, parfournen (â€œto performâ€), from Anglo-Norman performer, parfourmer, alteration of Old French parfornir, parfurnir (â€œto complete, accomplish, performâ€), from par- + fornir, furnir (â€œto accomplish, furnishâ€), from Frankish *frumjan (â€œto accomplish, furnishâ€), from Proto-Germanic *frumjanÄ…, *framjanÄ… (â€œto further, promote, accomplish, furnish, carry outâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (â€œin front, forthâ€), *per- (â€œforward, outâ€). Cognate with Old High German frummen (â€œto do, execute, accomplish, provideâ€), Old Saxon frummian (â€œto perform, promoteâ€), Old English fremman (â€œto perform, execute, carry out, accomplishâ€), Gothic ð†ð‚ðŒ¿ðŒ¼ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (frumjan, â€œto promote, accomplishâ€). See also frame, from.