Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “performance”

performance

noun
 
 
/pəˈfɔːməns/
[C or U] how successful an investment, company, etc. is and how much profit it makes: The Fund's past performance does not necessarily indicate how it will perform in the future.good/solid/strong performance Last year saw a strong performance from the high-street retailer.bad/disappointing/poor performance The retailer said it would restructure operations to cut costs after its disappointing performance of the past year.business/economic/financial performance Financial performance was below expectations and we are working on improvements.boost/improve/measure performance The board is under pressure to improve performance following a profits warning in January. The business value model should include high-level performance measures such as profitability, market growth, etc. operating/trading performance
[U] IT how well a computer, machine, etc. works: The latest Intel-based notebooks rival PC performance.
[U] how well someone does their job or their duties: good/impressive/poor perfomance He was fired for poor performance. John's departure is not directly related to his performance.
formal LAW the act of doing what is stated in a legal agreement: Subject to due performance of its obligations, each Party shall be entitled to receive copies of all results.
→ See also high-performance, specific performance
(Definition of performance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of performance?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Difficult things and people, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “performance” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More