• enPR: pər-fôrʹ-məns, IPA: /pəɹ.ˈfɔɹ.məns/
    • (British) IPA: [pə.ˈfɔː.məns]
    • (America) IPA: [pɚ.ˈfɔɹ.məns]


  1. The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.
    the performance of an undertaking or a duty
  2. That which is performed or accomplished; a thing done or carried through; an achievement; a deed; an act; a feat; especially, an action of an elaborate or public character.
  3. (arts) A live show or concert.
  4. The amount of useful work accomplished estimated in terms of time needed, resources used, etc.
    Better performance means more work accomplished in shorter time and/or using fewer resources.
  5. (linguistics) The actual use of language in concrete situations by native speakers of a language, as opposed to the system of linguistic knowledge they possess (competence), cf. linguistic performance.
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