Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


One entry found for perform.
Main Entry: per·form
Pronunciation: p&(r)-'form
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French parfurmer, alteration of perforner, parfurnir, from par-, per- thoroughly (from Latin per-) + furnir to complete -- more at FURNISH
Date: 14th century
transitive verb
1 : to adhere to the terms of : FULFILL <perform a contract>
3 a : to do in a formal manner or according to prescribed ritual b : to give a rendition of : PRESENT
intransitive verb
1 : to carry out an action or pattern of behavior : ACT, FUNCTION
2 : to give a performance : PLAY
- per·form·abil·i·ty /-"for-m&-'bi-l&-tE/ noun
- per·form·able /-'for-m&-b&l/ adjective
- per·form·er /-'for-m&r/ noun
synonyms PERFORM, EXECUTE, DISCHARGE, ACCOMPLISH, ACHIEVE, EFFECT, FULFILL mean to carry out or into effect. PERFORM implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill <performed gymnastics>. EXECUTE stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent <executed the hit-and-run>. DISCHARGE implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks <discharged his duties>. ACCOMPLISH stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out <accomplished everything they set out to do>. ACHIEVE adds to ACCOMPLISH the implication of conquered difficulties <achieve greatness>. EFFECT adds to ACHIEVE an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles <effected sweeping reforms>. FULFILL implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities <fulfilled their ambitions>.