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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>.

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\&\ as a and u in  abut
\&\ as e in kitten
\&r\ as ur and er in  further
\a\ as a in ash
\A\ as a in ace
\ä\ as o in mop
\au\ as ou in out
\ch\ as ch in chin
\e\ as e in bet
\E\ as ea in easy
\g\ as g in go
\i\ as i in hit
I\ as i in ice
\j\ as j in job
\[ng]\ as ng in sing
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\o\ as aw in law
\oi\ as oy in boy
\th\ as th in thin
\th\ as th in the
\ü\ as oo in loot
\u\ as oo in foot
\y\ as y in yet
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