when someone performs a play or a piece of music
Stern's performance of the Bruch concerto
The orchestra will give two more performances this week.
This evening's performance will begin at 8.00 pm.
memorable/brilliant/inspired etc performance
Franklin gave a memorable performance at last year's festival.
a live performance by the local band Indigo
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how well or badly a person, company etc does a particular job or activity:
a training program to improve employees' performance
Sean's performance at school has greatly improved.
the country's economic performance
an employee's chances of being fired for poor performance
Exam results are used as performance indicators (=things that show how well something is done) for schools.
the act of doing a piece of work, duty etc
the performance of his official duties
how well a car or other machine works:
The car's performance on mountain roads was impressive.
an imaging system using high-performance (=very effective) technology
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a process that takes a lot of unnecessary time and effort:
Shopping at the markets turned out to be quite a performance.