Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “perform”


verb [I/T] (ENTERTAIN)   /pərˈfɔrm/
to entertain people by singing , dancing , playing music , etc.: [T] The magician performed a number of tricks that had us gasping in surprise . performer    /pərˈfɔr·mər/ noun [C] By the age of 12, she was a seasoned circus performer. performing    /pərˈfɔr·mɪŋ/ adjective [not gradable]
(Definition of perform verb (ENTERTAIN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of perform

More American English definitions for “perform”

Definitions of “perform” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More