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Perform appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Heavy boxes perform quick waltzes and jigs. (36 letters)
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Definition of the verb perform

What does perform mean as a doing word?

Perform is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: performed | performing | performs

  1. carry out or perform an action
  2. perform a function
    • example: Who will perform the wedding?
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific words:
      • church = perform a special church rite or service for
      • officiate = act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
  3. give a performance (of something)
    • examples: Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight | We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera | Did he perform his major works over a short period of time?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Sandy sang
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Sandy sang a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song for me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song to me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): chant, direct, enact, improvise, intone.

    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: re-create = create anew
    • more specific terms:
      • barnstorm = tour the country making political speeches, giving lectures, or presenting plays
      • barnstorm = appear at county fairs and carnivals as a stunt flier and parachute jumper
      • interlude = perform an interlude
      • grandstand = perform ostentatiously in order to impress the audience and with an eye to the applause
      • solo = perform a piece written for a single instrument
      • play out = perform or be performed to the end
      • underperform = perform too rarely
      • sight-read / sightread = perform music from a score without having seen the score before
      • rap = perform rap music
      • give = perform for an audience
      • concertise / concertize = give concerts
      • play = perform on a certain location
      • debut = make one's debut
      • audition / try out = perform in order to get a role
      • roleplay / playact / play / act = perform on a stage or theater
      • play = play on an instrument
      • conduct = lead musicians in the performance of
  4. get (something) done

Alternative definition of the verb perform


  1. To do something; to execute.
  2. To do something in front of an audience in order to entertain it.


Perform a.k.a. Perform® is a brand.


  1. Perform a.k.a. Perform®: Perform is a complete fixed income portfolio analysis system combining portfolio reporting, total return analysis, and portfolio simulations into one complete package, modeling both taxable and tax-exempt fixed income instruments.
  2. PerForm and PerForm PRO were electronic form programs, initially designed to work under GEM in DOS. Later versions were designed to work in Windows 3.1, at which point it was succeeded by FormFlow.
  3. Perform a.k.a. Perform® is a consumer product.
    • also known as Fixed income portfolio analysis system
  4. Perform a.k.a. Perform® is a product line.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Perform

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Google previewCasenote Legal Briefs (2010)

Criminal Law Keyed to Boyce, Dripps & Perkin's by Casenotes, Casenote Legal Briefs

A promise made without intention to perform is a misrepresentation of a state of mind, and thus a misrepresentation of existing fact and is a false pretense. Larceny by trick and device and obtaining property by false pretenses are very similar.

Google previewQuantum Information Theory (2013)

by Mark M. Wilde

One reasonable measurement to perform is a measurement in the z direction. The result of the measurement determines which state Bob actually prepared because both states in the ensembles are states with definite z direction. The result of ...

Google previewPolitical Careers (1970)

Recruitment Through the Legislature by Leonard I. Ruchelman

Key: "Perhaps the most important function that party leadership needs to perform is the development, grooming, and promotion of candidates for statewide office. . . . It is in its inadequacy in this role that the most grave ...

Google previewDecision Making in Systems Engineering and Management (2011)

by Gregory S. Parnell, PhD, Patrick J. Driscoll, Dale L. Henderson

Working with customers and users to determine the functions that the system must perform is a daunting task when dealing with complex, dynamic, interdependent systems involving many stakeholders and facing significant security and ...

Google previewBest Practices in Catholic Church Ministry Performance Management (2010)

by Charles Zech

Since parish priests are among the last “generalists,” devising a program of continuing formation tied to performance evaluation for all of the multifarious tasks they are expected to perform is a daunting challenge, but no more daunting than the ...

Google previewBenevolent Intervention in Another's Affairs (2006)

(PEL Ben. Int.) by Christian von Bar, Stephen Swann, Mary-Rose McGuire

and urgently required as a matter of overriding public interest, and the intervener acts with the predominant intention of benefiting the recipient of the performance, the person whose duty the intervener acts to perform is a principal to whom ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016)

by Steven G. Rogelberg

and an employee's ability to perform one or more functions of the job in question. Second, the employer must ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Economics (1999)

by Alan Earl-Slater

Disability D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 No physical disability; perfectly mobile and physically active; able to perform all self-care and role functions. Slight social disability, e.g. having a slight cold. No limitations with physical ability, self-care or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Church (1839)

Containing an Exposition of Terms, Phrases and Subjects Connected with the External Order, Sacraments, Worship and Usages of the Protestant Episcopal Church : with an Especial Reference to the Church in the United States by William Staunton

Whence then does a layman derive any ability to baptize We do not here mean the ability to perform the physical act of reciting the form, and pouring the water, ( for these are in every one's power,) but that of standing as God's agent in effecting ...

Google previewMehri Lexicon (2012)

by T. M. Johnstone

ablutions, perform the ritual emtāsh (amtāsh), ewtóza (ebtáza) ablutions after excretion, perform entógi (nütgi), henkö (£nké) ablutions with sand, perform the ritual terób ( tācāb) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Law of Scotland (1815)

Intended for the Use of the Public at Large, as Well as of the Profession by Robert Bell, Sir John Skene

JOINT OBLIGANT means a person bound alongst with another to pay or to perform equally...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* To PERFORM ...

Google previewMehri Lexicon and English-Mehri Word-list (1987)

by Thomas M. Johnstone, Gerald Rex Smith

ablutions rehawz ablutions, perform the ritual emtash (emtish), ewtoza (ebt52a) ablutions after excretion, perform snt5gi (nfitgi), henko (snké) ablutions with sand, perform the ritual terob ( t5c5b) ...

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Usage statistics about perform

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Quotes about Perform

A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano. (Fiona Shaw)
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Scrabble value of P3E1R1F4O1R1M3

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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