per-form

perform

[per-fawrm]
verb (used with object)
1.
to carry out; execute; do: to perform miracles.
2.
to go through or execute in the proper, customary, or established manner: to perform the marriage ceremony.
3.
to carry into effect; fulfill: Perform what you promise.
4.
to act (a play, part, etc.), as on the stage, in movies, or on television.
5.
to render (music), as by playing or singing.
6.
to accomplish (any action involving skill or ability), as before an audience: to perform a juggling act.
7.
to complete.
verb (used without object)
8.
to fulfill a command, promise, or undertaking.
9.
to execute or do something.
10.
to act in a play: to perform in the role of Romeo.
11.
to perform music.
12.
to go through any performance.
13.
(of loans, investments, etc.) to yield a profit; earn income.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English parformen < Anglo-French parformer, alteration (by association with forme form) of Middle French, Old French parfournir to accomplish. See per-, furnish

performable, adjective
performer, noun
misperform, verb
overperform, verb
reperform, verb (used with object)
self-performed, adjective
unperformable, adjective
unperformed, adjective
unperforming, adjective
well-performed, adjective


3. accomplish, achieve, effect.


1. Perform, discharge, execute, transact mean to carry to completion a prescribed course of action. Perform is the general word, often applied to ordinary activity as a more formal expression than do, but usually implying regular, methodical, or prolonged application or work: to perform an exacting task. Discharge implies carrying out an obligation, often a formal or legal one: to discharge one's duties as a citizen. Execute means either to carry out an order or to carry through a plan or program: to execute a maneuver. Transact, meaning to conduct or manage, has commercial connotations: to transact business.
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perform (pəˈfɔːm)
 
vb
1.  to carry out or do (an action)
2.  (tr) to fulfil or comply with: to perform someone's request
3.  to present or enact (a play, concert, etc) before or otherwise entertain an audience: the group performed Hamlet
4.  informal (intr) to accomplish sexual intercourse: he performed well
 
[C14: from Anglo-Norman perfourmer (influenced by formeform), from Old French parfournir, from par-per- + fournir to provide; see furnish]
 
per'formable
 
adj
 
per'former
 
n

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perform
c.1300, "carry into effect, fulfill, discharge," via Anglo-Fr. performir, altered (by infl. of O.Fr. forme "form") from O.Fr. parfornir "to do, carry out, finish, accomplish," from par- "completely" + fornir "to provide" (see furnish). Theatrical/musical sense is from 1610.
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