perform Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “perform” in the English Dictionary

"perform" in British English

See all translations

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 ​hotweather.
More examples

perform verb (ENTERTAIN)

B1 [I or T] to ​entertainpeople by ​dancing, ​singing, ​acting, or ​playingmusic: Thomas and Elisa performed a ​rousingduet for ​violin and ​piano. She ​composes and performs her own ​music. A ​majorHollywoodstar will be performing on ​stagetonight. There are ​plans to ​bancircuses with performing ​animals.
More examples
(Definition of perform from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perform" in American English

See all translations

performverb [I/T]

 us   /pərˈfɔrm/

perform verb [I/T] (DO)

to do an ​action or ​piece of ​work: [T] The ​operation was performed with the ​patient under ​generalanesthesia. If something performs well or ​badly, it ​operatessatisfactorily or does not ​operatesatisfactorily: [I] The ​car performed poorly during the ​tests.

perform verb [I/T] (ENTERTAIN)

to ​entertainpeople by ​singing, ​dancing, ​playingmusic, 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 ​seasonedcircus performer.
performing
adjective [not gradable]  us   /pərˈfɔr·mɪŋ/
(Definition of perform from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"perform" in Business English

See all translations

performverb

uk   us   /pəˈfɔːm/
[T] to do a ​job, ​task, or ​duty: perform an operation/task/role As ​part of the ​assessment, ​candidates were ​asked to perform a ​grouptask. The ​regulatorfailed to perform his ​duty to ​seek an ​enforcementorder.
[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 ​savingsaccounts perform in the ​longerterm?perform well/badly/poorly The company's ​corebrand is performing well. The ​fund has been the top performingethicalunittrust for five ​years.
(Definition of perform from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of perform?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“perform” in American English

Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More