A medical team performs surgery.
- 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.
- 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
- to carry out or execute an action or process; esp., to take part in a musical program, act in a play, dance, etc. before an audience
- to admit of being performed as specified: a play that performs well
- to operate or function: used with regard to a thing's effectiveness: tires that perform well on wet pavement
- to produce gains or losses as specified: stocks performed poorly in the third quarter
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 (“to perform"), from Anglo-Norman performer, parfourmer, alteration of Old French parfornir, parfurnir (“to complete, accomplish, perform"), from par- + fornir, furnir (“to accomplish, furnish"), from Frankish *frumjan (“to accomplish, furnish"), from Proto-Germanic *frumjanÄ…, *framjanÄ… (“to further, promote, accomplish, furnish, carry out"), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (“in front, forth"), *per- (“forward, out"). Cognate with Old High German frummen (“to do, execute, accomplish, provide"), Old Saxon frummian (“to perform, promote"), Old English fremman (“to perform, execute, carry out, accomplish"), Gothic ð†ð‚ðŒ¿ðŒ¼ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (frumjan, “to promote, accomplish"). See also frame, from.