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performance

noun (ENTERTAINMENT)    /pəˈfɔː.məns/ US  /pɚˈfɔːr-/
B1 [C] the action of entertaining other people by dancing, singing, acting, or playing music: a performance of Arthur Miller's play, 'The Crucible' She gave a superb performance as Lady Macbeth.Spectacles and performances a performance mainly UK informal an action or type of behaviour that involves a lot of attention to detail or to small matters that are not important: Cleaning the oven is such a performance. What a performance! Please stop shouting!Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding a repeat performance an occasion when an event or a situation happens again: The police hope to avoid a repeat performance of last year, when the festivities turned into rioting.Repeating an action
(Definition of performance noun (ENTERTAINMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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