perform

To perform most often means to sing, dance act or put on any kind of show. Perform also means, however, to carry out almost any function or action — to do something, in other words.

Parents love to watch their kids perform. Nothing delights mommy or daddy more than watching junior sing or dance in the school play. Later in life, though, they'll be happy when their kids perform acts of kindness or when they perform the duties required of them by their jobs. "The surgeon entertained the other doctors when he performed an aria from Rigoletto while he performed an appendectomy." Now that's impressive.

Definitions of perform
  1. verb
    get (something) done
    synonyms: do
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    overachieve
    perform better or achieve a greater degree of success than expected
    turn
    accomplish by rotating
    underachieve, underperform
    perform less well or with less success than expected
    misdo
    do wrongly or improperly
    do one's best, give full measure, give one's best, go all out
    perform a task as well as possible
    ply
    apply oneself diligently
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    accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
    put in effect
  2. verb
    carry out or perform an action
    synonyms: do, execute
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    perform or finish an action rapidly
    carry
    sing or play against other voices or parts
    pipe up
    begin to play or sing
    declaim, recite
    recite in elocution
    serenade
    sing and play for somebody
    cut corners
    do something the cheapest or easiest way
    stunt
    perform a stunt or stunts
    cut
    perform or carry out
    blaze away
    perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly
    scamp
    perform hastily and carelessly
    churn out
    perform in a mechanical way
    premier, premiere
    perform a work for the first time
    star
    be the star in a performance
    appear
    appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.
    practice, practise, rehearse
    engage in a rehearsal (of)
    ad-lib, extemporise, extemporize, improvise, improvize
    perform without preparation
    interpret, render
    give an interpretation or rendition of
    conduct, direct, lead
    lead, as in the performance of a composition
    make
    perform or carry out
    elocute
    declaim in an elocutionary manner
    perorate
    deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
    scan
    read metrically
    co-star
    be the co-star in a performance
    walk through
    perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
    scrimmage
    practice playing (a sport)
    sing
    deliver by singing
    pay
    render
  3. verb
    perform a function
    “Who will perform the wedding?”
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    church
    perform a special church rite or service for
    officiate
    act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
    marry, splice, tie, wed
    perform a marriage ceremony
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  4. verb
    give a performance (of something)
    “Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight”
    “We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera”
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    barnstorm
    tour the country making political speeches, giving lectures, or presenting plays
    barnstorm
    appear at county fairs and carnivals as a stunt flier and parachute jumper
    interlude
    perform an interlude
    grandstand
    perform ostentatiously in order to impress the audience and with an eye to the applause
    solo
    perform a piece written for a single instrument
    play out
    perform or be performed to the end
    underperform
    perform too rarely
    sight-read, sightread
    perform music from a score without having seen the score before
    rap
    perform rap music
    give
    perform for an audience
    concertise, concertize
    give concerts; perform in concerts
    play
    perform on a certain location
    debut
    make one's debut
    audition, try out
    perform in order to get a role
    act, play, playact, roleplay
    perform on a stage or theater
    play
    play on an instrument
    conduct
    lead musicians in the performance of
    sound off, strike up
    start playing
    sight-sing, sightsing
    sing from a score without having seen it before
    read
    audition for a stage role by reading parts of a role
    stooge
    act as the stooge
    mime, pantomime
    act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
    swing
    play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm
    symphonise, symphonize
    play or sound together, in harmony
    accompany, follow, play along
    perform an accompaniment to
    bow
    play on a string instrument with a bow
    ham, ham it up, overact, overplay
    exaggerate one's acting
    underact, underplay
    act (a role) with great restraint
    busk
    play music in a public place and solicit money for it
    jam
    play music with a group informally or in an improvised way
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    re-create
    create anew
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