Definition of performance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈfɔːməns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfɔːrməns//
    Film reviews and promotion, Producing a play, Live music
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  1. 1  [countable] the act of performing a play, concert or some other form of entertainment The performance starts at seven. an evening performance a performance of Ravel’s String Quartet Please refrain from talking during the performance. a series of performances by the Kirov Ballet one of the band’s rare live performances CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​be into music/​classical music/​jazz/​pop/​hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/​an MP3 player/​a CD put on/​play a CD/​a song/​some music turn down/​up the music/​radio/​volume/​bass go to a concert/​festival/​gig/​performance/​recital copy/​burn/​rip music/​a CD/​a DVD download music/​an album/​a song/​a demo/​a videoPlaying play a musical instrument/​the piano/​percussion/​a note/​a riff/​the melody/​a concerto/​a duet/​by ear sing an anthem/​a ballad/​a solo/​an aria/​the blues/​in a choir/​soprano/​alto/​tenor/​bass/​out of tune hum a tune/​a theme tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a concert appear at a festival/​live go on/​embark on a (world) tourRecording write/​compose music/​a ballad/​a melody/​a tune/​a song/​a theme song/​an opera/​a symphony land/​get/​sign a record deal be signed to/​be dropped by a record company record/​release/​put out an album/​a single/​a CD be top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: Producing a play, Live music
  2. 2  [countable] the way a person performs in a play, concert, etc. She gave the greatest performance of her career. an Oscar-winning performance from Kate Winslet CollocationsCinema/​the moviesWatching go to/​take somebody to (see) a film/​movie go to/​sit in (British English) the cinema/(North American English) the (movie) theater rent a film/​movie/​DVD download/​stream a film/​movie burn/​copy/​rip a DVD see/​watch a film/​movie/​DVD/​preview/​trailerShowing show/​screen a film/​movie promote/​distribute/​review a film/​movie (British English) be on at the cinema be released on/​come out on/​be out on DVD captivate/​delight/​grip/​thrill the audience do well/​badly at the box office get a lot of/​live up to the hypeFilm-making write/​co-write a film/​movie/​script/​screenplay direct/​produce/​make/​shoot/​edit a film/​movie/​sequel make a romantic comedy/​a thriller/​an action movie do/​work on a sequel/​remake film/​shoot the opening scene/​an action sequence/​footage (of something) compose/​create/​do/​write the soundtrack cut/​edit (out) a scene/​sequenceActing have/​get/​do an audition get/​have/​play a leading/​starring/​supporting role play a character/​James Bond/​the bad guy act in/​appear in/​star in a film/​movie/​remake do/​perform/​attempt a stunt work in/​make it big in Hollywood forge/​carve/​make/​pursue a career in HollywoodDescribing films the camera pulls back/​pans over something/​zooms in (on something) the camera focuses on something/​lingers on something shoot somebody/​show somebody in extreme close-up use odd/​unusual camera angles be filmed/​shot on location/​in a studio be set/​take place in London/​in the ’60s have a happy ending/​plot twist See related entries: Film reviews and promotion
  3. 3  [uncountable, countable] how well or badly you do something; how well or badly something works the country’s economic performance It was an impressive performance by the French team. The new management techniques aim to improve performance. He criticized the recent poor performance of the company. high-performance (= very powerful) cars performance indicators (= things that show how well or badly something is working) Profits continue to grow, with strong performances in South America and the Far East. Her academic performance has been inconsistent. compare pay-for-performance, performance-related
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] (formal) the act or process of performing a task, an action, etc. She has shown enthusiasm in the performance of her duties. He did not want a repeat performance of the humiliating defeat he had suffered.
  5. 5[singular] (informal, especially British English) an act that involves a lot of effort or trouble, sometimes when it is not necessary synonym carry-on It's such a performance getting the children off to school in the morning. He always goes through the whole performance of checking the oil and water even if we’re in a hurry.
  6. Extra examples Finney gives a virtuoso performance as a psychopath. He got top marks for overall academic performance. Mel Gibson’s central performance in the film as Hamlet Sales forecasts were based on past performance. The agency has developed a set of core performance indicators to compare schools. The band gave a great performance at the festival. The company is putting on a performance of the popular musical ‘Cats’. The course aims to develop the children’s appreciation of music in performance. The film has a great performance from Jack Lemmon. The musical closes this week after a record number of performances. The party are dreading a repeat performance of their defeat in the last election. The quality of his performance was unmatched. The recording gives the most convincing performance of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ to date. The singer is renowned for his live concert performances. The team put in an excellent performance at the World Cup. her fine performance as Ophelia his flawless performance on the piano the country’s strong economic performance over the last two years to maintain a high level of performance They gave a magnificent performance of Ravel’s String Quartet. This was one of the band’s rare live performances. the country’s economic performance
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: performance