• (RP) IPA: /pəˈfɔːm/, enPR: pər-fôrmʹ
  • (GA) IPA: /pɚˈfɔɹm/, enPR: pər-fôrmʹ

perform (performs, present participle performing; past and past participle performed)

  1. To do something; to execute.
    The scientists performed several experiments.
    It took him only twenty minutes to perform the task.
  2. (ambitransitive) To do (something) in front of an audience, such as acting or music, often in order to entertain.
    She will perform in the play.
    The magician performed badly – none of his tricks worked.
    The string quartet performed three pieces by Haydn.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Perform a part thou hast not done before.
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