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"perform" in British English

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performverb

uk   /pəˈfɔːm/ us   /pɚˈfɔːrm/
  • perform verb (DO)

B2 [T] to do an action or piece of work: Computers can perform a variety of tasks. The operation will be performed next week. Most of the students performed well in the exam.
perform well/badly
to operate/not operate in a satisfactory way: The equipment performed well during the tests. These tyres perform badly/poorly in hot weather.

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  • perform verb (ENTERTAIN)

B1 [I or T] to entertain people by dancing, singing, acting, or playing music: Thomas and Elisa performed a rousing duet for violin and piano. She composes and performs her own music. A major Hollywood star will be performing on stage tonight. There are plans to ban circuses with performing animals.

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(Definition of perform from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perform" in American English

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performverb [I/T]

us   /pərˈfɔrm/
to do an action or piece of work: [T] The operation was performed with the patient under general anesthesia.
If something performs well or badly, it operates satisfactorily or does not operate satisfactorily: [I] The car performed poorly during the tests.
  • perform verb [I/T] (ENTERTAIN)

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

"perform" in Business English

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performverb

uk   /pəˈfɔːm/ us  
[T] to do a job, task, or duty: perform an operation/task/role As part of the assessment, candidates were asked to perform a group task. The regulator failed to perform his duty to seek an enforcement order.
[I] to do something in a satisfactory or expected way: The threat of redundancies was affecting the team's ability to perform. How well do these savings accounts perform in the longer term?perform well/badly/poorly The company's core brand is performing well. The fund has been the top performing ethical unit trust for five years.
(Definition of perform from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“perform” in British English

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