• War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
    War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v perform carry out or perform an action "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters","the skater executed a triple pirouette","she did a little dance"
    • v perform give a performance (of something) "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight","We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"
    • v perform perform a function "Who will perform the wedding?"
    • v perform get (something) done "I did my job"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic of beautiful handiwork performed by craftsmen of a bygone day Some bits and bridle ornaments in the Jamestown collection. The artistic designs on many bridle bosses are symbolic...
man performing on stage man performing on stage

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have actually performed brain surgery on cockroaches
    • Perform To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do. "I will cry unto God most high, unto God that performeth all things for me.""Great force to perform what they did attempt."
    • Perform To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a vow. "To perform your father's will."
    • v. i Perform To do, execute, or accomplish something; to acquit one's self in any business; esp., to represent sometimes by action; to act a part; to play on a musical instrument; as, the players perform poorly; the musician performs on the organ.
    • Perform To represent; to act; to play; as in drama. "Perform a part thou hast not done before."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa
    • perform To effect; execute; accomplish; achieve; carry on or out; do: as, to perform, an act of kindness or a deed of daring; to perform a day's labor; to perform an operation in surgery or in arithmetic.
    • perform To carry out or do whatever is demanded or required by (duty, a vow, etc.); execute the provisions, commands, or requirements of; put in execution; discharge; fulfil: as, to perform one's duty; to perform a vow; to perform a covenant.
    • perform To render; do.
    • perform To act or represent on or as on the stage: as, to perform the part of Hamlet.
    • perform To make up; constitute; complete.
    • perform To afford; furnish.
    • perform To sing, or render on a musical instrument. Synonyms Perform, Accomplish, Effect, Execute, Achieve. These words agree in representing the complete doing of something which is of considerable importance and is set before one's self as a thing to be done. Generally they represent the doing of something in which one is personally interested. Effect most views the outcome as a result; execute most suggests briskness or energy in action; achieve most suggests difficulties triumphed over, with a corresponding excellence in the result. Perform may mean no more than a doing which continues till the work is completed.
    • perform To act; do or execute something.
    • perform To act a part; go through or complete any work; especially, to sing or play on a musical instrument, represent a character on the stage, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st annual Grammy Awards were awarded in 1959. The Record of the Year was "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, the Album of the Year was "Peter Gunn" by Henry Mancini and the winner of the best R&B performance was "Tequila" by Champs.
    • v.t Perform per-form′ to do thoroughly: to carry out: to achieve: to act, as on the stage
    • v.i Perform to do: to act a part: to play, as on a musical instrument
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  • H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Let your performance do the thinking.”
  • Omar Bradley
    Omar Bradley
    “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
  • John Dryden
    “Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.”
  • Alvin Burger
    Alvin Burger
    “I think it's unethical to take money for poor quality performance.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”
  • Mark Twain
    “If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. performen, parfourmen, parfournen, OF. parfornir, parfournir, to finish, complete; OF. & F. par,see Par) + fournir, to finish, complete. The word has been influenced by form,; cf. L. performare, to form thoroughly. See Furnish


In literature:

The cathedral service is performed by the canons (Canonigos).
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The decomposition of a body is performed by chemical powers.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
When everything is quiet about him one may often hear an extraordinary performance.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Instead of three balls the performer has four.
"Indian Conjuring" by L. H. Branson
He alone is responsible to the owner for the successful presentation of the performance.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
This work performed, he got again into his palanquin, and posted back to Calcutta, to be in time for the opening of term.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
There are other instruments, for performance upon which many of them have talents.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
K.' Good repute of British aviation for safety, quality, and performance.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Joe progressed in his chosen work, and he and Mr. Crabb found themselves becoming well-known performers.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
But what is the nature of artistic memory, and how does it perform its task?
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various

In poetry:

If faithfully you should perform
This task, 'twould teach you to repair
Lost hours, by giving unto dress
Not more of time than its due share.
"Time Spent In Dress" by Charles Lamb
The seasons shall perform their rounds,
And vegetation bloom and fade,
But thou wilt heed nor sights nor sounds,
For thou to rest for aye art laid.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
My lute awake! perform the last
Labour that thou and I shall waste,
And end that I have now begun;
For when this song is sung and past,
My lute be still, for I have done.
"My Lute Awake" by Thomas Wyatt
This marryage being solempnized then,
With musicke performed by the skilfullest men,
The nobles and gentles sate downe at that tyde,
Each one admiring the beautifull bryde.
"The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall-Green" by Anonymous British
Old women, whilst they turn the spinning wheel,
May each perform her task without delay,
And maidens twirl about the rattling reel,
And yet find time enough besides to pray.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
Before we die, we must reform our hearts,
Whilst yet 'tis day, we all must act our parts,
Our Saviour says, that, when it once is night,
No mortal can perform his work aright.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Preliminary analyses indicate that the symbiotic partnership will perform intellectual operations much more effectively than man alone can perform them.
Corey Taylor recently performed at the Nova Rock festival on June 10 on the Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, Austria where he performed a brand new Stone Sour Track.
The ABBA tribute band Arrival from Sweden will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 pm on Friday, Aug 3.
On Wednesday's (Nov 21) episode of 'X Factor,' each performer was asked to give thanks with their performance and to perform a song for someone they are thankful.
"Teaspoon," Felisha Chase's performing alter ego, turned in a prizewinning hip-hop-flavored performance at the Appalachian String Band Festival.
" Teaspoon ," Felisha Chase's performing alter ego, turned in a prizewinning hip-hop-flavored performance at the Appalachian String Band Festival.
'Porgy' Audra McDonald, who recently won her fifth Tony for her acclaimed performance in "Porgy and Bess," has missed numerous performances since December due to vocal strain and illness.
Urinalysis is one of the most frequently performed laboratory tests—and one of the few areas of laboratory medicine that are still performed manually in many hospitals.
World-class ventriloquist and musician Taylor Mason will perform at 7:30 pm Oct 26 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Spectators have played a part in performance since theatre began, laughing, gasping, and watching performers respond to their responses.
Antioquia, based in Oakland, will perform tonight at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa, marking its third Alabama performance following gigs in Birmingham and Steele this week.
Bethany Yarrow performs with her father, Peter Yarrow , Monday, Sept 26, 2011, during a benefit concert for Operation Respect Rock River Valley at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.
The high theatrics of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist Riccardo Piacentini, who perform as Duo Alterno, captivate at a Redcat performance.
Terry McKenna – Employee Performance Strategies, Inc. One reason why some organizations are unable to elevate themselves into the high-performance category is because they lack alignment .
"Despite the decline in overall performance this year, Kansas students continue to perform very well on state assessments ," State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said in a statement.

In science:

The total planning process is performed by using five different subplanners, which all perform a small part of the total planning task.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
We have performed simulations for graph sizes between N = 50 and N = 10000, the results shown are for N = 1000, where most simulations were performed.
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
The reason is that the asymmetric operation cannot be performed at an arbitrary point in the moduli space, but has to be performed at special points.
On the Number of Chiral Generations in Z2 X Z2 Orbifolds
The good performance of the GRFs, and their decreasing performance with correlation length, i.e.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
As we demonstrate in the current work, performing more complex functions on the random walk can signi ficantly improve performance.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks