Perform Definition

performed, performing, performs
performed, performing, performs
To act on so as to accomplish or bring to completion; execute; carry out (a task, process, etc.)
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
To admit of being performed as specified.
A play that performs well.
Webster's New World
To carry out; meet the requirements of; fulfill (a promise, command, etc.)
Webster's New World
To give a performance of; render or enact (a piece of music, a dramatic role, etc.)
Webster's New World

Origin of Perform

  • 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 𐍆𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽 (frumjan, “to promote, accomplish"). See also frame, from.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English performen from Anglo-Norman performer from Old French parfornir par- intensive pref. (from Latin per- per-) fournir to furnish furnish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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