|Origin:||performer, from Old French perfournir, from fournir 'to complete'|
per‧form S3 W2
1 [intransitive and transitive]AP
to do something to entertain people, for example by acting a play or playing a piece of music: ! To talk about playing a particular part in a play, film etc, use play not perform: John Wayne played (NOT performed) a Roman soldier in the film.
Chenier and the band are performing at the Silver Palace tomorrow.
The children perform two plays each school year.
to do something, especially something difficult or useful [= carry out]:
Surgeons performed an emergency operation.
The official opening ceremony was performed by Princess Margaret.
perform a study/experiment/analysis etc
An analysis of the survey data was performed.
perform a task/job/duty
She was fired for not performing the duties outlined in her contract.
perform a function/role
software that performs a specific function
The leadership cannot be expected to perform miracles (=improve a situation in a way that seems impossible).
to work or do something well, badly etc [↪ underperform]:
Many religious schools perform well academically.
The team performed poorly on Saturday.
if a product, business etc performs well or badly, it makes a lot of money or very little money:
The economy is performing well.