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Definitions of perform

  1. To do; to act a part; to play. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To do or carry out; execute; achieve; as, to perform an operation; to fulfil; to render or portray; as, to perform a part in a play. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To do thoroughly: to carry out: to achieve: to act. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To do thoroughly; execute; act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To act out as a play; represent; render; play. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To act a part; to exhibit in public; as, to perform on the piano. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To do: to act a part: to play, as on a musical instrument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To do; act; play, as on an instrument. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. get (something) done; "I did my job" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. give a performance (of something); "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. perform a function; "Who will perform the wedding?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. To accomplish an act; do; act on the stage, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To execute; to accomplish; to discharge; to fulfil. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To execute thoroughly or completely; to do; to carry out; to complete; to achieve; to act a part; to play on an instrument; to represent or act a part upon the stage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for perform

  1. Now he has placed a duty directly in my path that I cannot perform by myself. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  2. Mademoiselle, replied the Minister, with mock gravity, you and I both perform on a stage, but there is this difference between us: you choose the parts which you prefer, and are sure of the applause of the public. – Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams
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