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Definition of PERFORM

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Perform \Per*form"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Performed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Performing}.] [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}.]
     1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do. [1913 Webster]

              I will cry unto God most high, unto God that performeth all things for me.         --Ps. lvii. 2. [1913 Webster]

              Great force to perform what they did attempt. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

     2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a vow. [1913 Webster]

              To perform your father's will.        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To represent; to act; to play; as in drama. [1913 Webster]

              Perform a part thou hast not done before. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To accomplish; do; act; transact; achieve; execute; discharge; fulfill; effect; complete; consummate. See {Accomplish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Perform \Per*form"\, v. i.
     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

177 Moby Thesaurus words for "perform": accompany, accomplish, achieve, act, act a part, act as, act as foil, act out, affect, ape, appear, attain, barnstorm, be effective, be in action, be productive, behave, betoken, brandish, breathe, bring about, bring forth, bring forward, bring into being, bring into view, bring off, bring out, bring to fruition, bring to notice, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, carry through, carry to completion, cause, chord, come out, compass, complete, concertize, conduct, consummate, cope with, copy, dangle, deal with, demonstrate, depict, develop, discharge, disclose, discourse, dispatch, display, dispose of, divulge, do, do duty, do the job, do the trick, do up brown, dramatize, effect, effectuate, embody, emote, emotionalize, enact, end, engineer, evidence, evince, execute, exhibit, expose to view, express, fetch, finish, flaunt, flourish, fulfill, function, get top billing, give sign, give token, go, handle, have effect, have free play, have play, highlight, illuminate, impersonate, implement, incarnate, indicate, industrialize, interpret, knock off, make, make clear, make music, make plain, manage, manifest, masquerade as, mass-produce, materialize, mean, militate, mime, mimic, mount, officiate, operate, overproduce, pantomime, parade, pass for, patter, percolate, perform as, perk, personate, play, play a part, play by ear, play the lead, playact, polish off, pose as, practice, present, pretend to be, produce, pull off, put away, put on, react, realize, register, render, represent, respond, reveal, roll out, run, serve, set forth, show, show forth, sketch, spotlight, stage, star, steal the show, stooge, succeed, symphonize, take, take care of, take effect, take off, tick, token, transact, tread the boards, trot out, troupe, turn the trick, unfold, upstage, volume-produce, wave, wind up, work, work out


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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