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.

Primary Meanings of perform

1.
v
get (something) done
2.
v
give a performance (of something)
Full Definitions of perform
1

v get (something) done

Synonyms:
do
Types:
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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
Type of:
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect

v 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

v perform a function

“Who will perform the wedding?”
Types:
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
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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v 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
Type of:
re-create
create anew

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