Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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
performethall things for me.
Ps. lvii. 2.
Great force to
performwhat they did attempt.
Sir P. Sidney.
To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to;
performa duty; to
performa promise or a vow.
performyour father’s will.
To represent; to act; to play; as in drama.
Performa part thou hast not done before.
Syn. – To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute; discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See
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
performpoorly; the musician
performson the organ.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To do; to execute; to accomplish; as, to perform two days' labor in one day; to perform a noble deed or achievement.
2.To execute; to discharge; as, to perform a duty or office.
3.To fulfill; as, to perform a covenant, promise or contract; to perform a vow.
perform (third-person singular simple present performs, present participle performing, simple past and past participle performed)
- To do something; to execute.
- 2013 July-August, Lee S. Langston, “The Adaptable Gas Turbine”, in American Scientist:
- Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.
- The scientists performed several experiments. It took him only twenty minutes to perform the task.
- To do something in front of an audience, often in order to entertain it.
- She will perform in the play. The magician performed badly – none of his tricks worked. The string quartet performed three pieces by Haydn.
- Perform a part thou hast not done before.
to do something
to do something in front of an audience
to be checked