From Middle English performen, parfournen (“to perform”), from Anglo-Norman performer, parfourmer, alteration of Old French parfornir, parfurnir (“to complete, accomplish, perform”), from par- + fornir, furnir (“to accomplish, furnish”), from Frankish *frumjan (“to accomplish, furnish”), from Proto-Germanic *frumjanan, *framjanan (“to further, promote, accomplish, furnish, carry out”), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- (“in front, forth”), *per- (“forward, out”). Cognate with Old High German frummen (“to do, execute, accomplish, provide”), Old Saxon frummian (“to perform, promote”), Old English fremman (“to perform, execute, carry out, accomplish”), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌿𐌼𐌾𐌰𐌽 (frumjan, “to promote, accomplish”). See also frame, from.
- enPR: pər-fôrmʹ, IPA: /pər.ˈfɔrm/, X-SAMPA: /p@r."fOrm/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)m
- Hyphenation: per‧form
- To do something; to execute.
- The scientists performed several experiments.
- It took him only twenty minutes to perform the task.
- To do something in front of an audience, often in order to entertain it.
- She will perform in the play
- The magician performed badly - none of his tricks worked.
- The string quartet performed three pieces by Haydn.
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- German: leisten
- perform in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- perform in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- perform at OneLook Dictionary Search