- 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 (“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 *frumjaną, *framjaną (“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 (frumjan, “to promote, accomplish”). See also frame, from.