American English

Definition of perform verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perform
    he / she / it performs
    past simple performed
    -ing form performing
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  1. 1[transitive] perform something to do something, such as a piece of work, task, or duty synonym carry somethingout to perform an experiment/a miracle/a ceremony She performs an important role in our organization. This operation has never been performed in this country. A computer can perform many tasks at once.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] perform (something) to entertain an audience by playing a piece of music, acting in a play, etc. to perform somersaults/magic tricks The play was first performed in 2007. I'd like to hear it performed live. to perform on the flute I'm looking forward to seeing you perform.
  3. 3[intransitive] perform (well/badly/poorly) to work or function well or badly The engine seems to be performing well. The company has been performing poorly over the past year. If he performs (= performs well) then I believe the Cubs can win. She performed less well in the second test.
  4. Idioms
    work/perform miracles
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    to achieve very good results Her exercise program has worked miracles for her.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: perform