Definitions of perform

  1. to act or perform an action; " John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"
  2. get ( something) done; " I did my job"
  3. give a performance ( of something); " Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; " We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"
  4. perform a function; " Who will perform the wedding?"
  5. 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"
  6. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do.
  7. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama.
  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.
  9. 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.
  10. To act a part; to exhibit in public; as, to perform on the piano.
  11. To do thoroughly: to carry out: to achieve: to act.
  12. To do: to act a part: to play, as on a musical instrument.
  13. To do thoroughly; execute; act.
  14. To do; act; play, as on an instrument.
  15. To act out as a play; represent; render; play.
  16. To accomplish an act; do; act on the stage, etc.
  17. To execute; to accomplish; to discharge; to fulfil.
  18. To do; to act a part; to play.
  19. 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.

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
  3. Up, and very busy to perform an oathe in finishing my Journall this morning for 7 or 8 days past. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  4. The minister he thought a minute and says he, 'I don't know what my congregation will say about me going to a dance to perform a wedding ceremony. – The Land of Long Ago by Eliza Calvert Hall
  5. But before that he had a difficult task to perform. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  6. John Saxton was human, and it was not easy to decline a salary of six thousand dollars for services which he knew he could perform, offered to him by a gentleman whom people were not in the habit of refusing. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson
  7. I fled from a work Providence assigned to me to perform- but my sin followed me. – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  8. It was some of the most trying work we had yet to perform. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. There remained to perform, then, the crowning act in this apparently insane transaction. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  10. I'm his wife; I have a wife's duty to perform. – Bruce of the Circle A by Harold Titus
  11. I perform on the rings. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  12. Oh, sir, I'll easily perform that. – Folk Tales Every Child Should Know by Various
  13. Ask a hundred people to write about the spring- simply to describe it with its sights and sounds and odours- and most of them can perform the task more or less well. – Platform Monologues by T. G. Tucker
  14. Alexia smothered the sigh at her failure to be one of the girls to perform this delightful task; but the paper being brought, she soon forgot her disappointment, in having something to do. – Five Little Peppers at School by Margaret Sidney
  15. We have been obleeged, miss, to perform an unpleasant dooty and secure him. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  16. He went to perform his hardest task. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  17. I have as hard a task to perform in this house. – The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  18. He was intimate at houses where she attended to teach or perform. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. They are employed to perform manual labor; they are free and independent citizens of this republic. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud